To get diverse views on the burning issue of safety of women in the country, an interactive seminar and panel discussion on the topic "Women empowerment and safety along with its connotations" was organised by NGO Voice of Amritsar (VOA) on Sunday.
The event was organised by the NGO on the occasion of its first anniversary and was attended by city residents from various walks of life. The panelists of the discussion included city mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, deputy commissioner of police Kaustabh Sharma, Indian Red Cross Society Amritsar chapter chairperson Ritu Aggarwal, head of the psychology department Dr Rajinder Kaur and retired judge MS Chawla.
In order to understand the importance of various stakeholders in bringing about a change, the NGO had invited various speakers to shed light on different topics, which included "Role of educators and parents in instilling right values in wards", "Atmosphere of insecurity in the residents", "Role of judiciary and lawyers in providing fair and quick yet humane justice" and "Ensuring efficient, fair and people-sensitive policing".
"Children may not be very good at hearing what their elders say, but they are very keen imitators, hence we need to become role models for them. There is a need for reforms in our education system. We need to focus on educating the girl child," said Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, director, Spring Dale Education Society.
Khalsa College for Women principal Dr Sukhbir Kaur Mahal pointed out that there was a need to instill respect for cultural heritage in the younger generation, teach them communal harmony, patriotism and nationalism, make them democratic citizens and help them understand the importance of sharing.
"All of us have to become role models so that people around us can learn from us. Glass ceiling exists for every female in every age group, but we all have to work towards shattering this glass ceiling," said Dr Baljeet Kaur, a noted surgeon.
Expressing his views, the city mayor said that each individual has to understand the need for abiding by laws so that the society could develop. "If I break a rule, I give the permission to every person working under me to do the same. However, if I abide by laws, I can become an example for everyone else," he said.
As the discussion progressed, the speakers and the audience asked questions to the panelists relating to various aspects of women's safety and the development of society.
VOA president Dr Rakesh Sharma said that the concept behind the event was to rope in people who hold eminent positions as well as common residents and establish a healthy dialogue so that the problems affecting the city could be resolved.