Harassed women in Bhopal seek career opportunities in male bastion

  • M Poornima, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2015 18:40 IST

Once victim of harassment herself, she now wants to become a saviour of victims like her. Twenty-five-year-old Prabha (name changed), resident of Chuna Bhatti area in Bhopal, was thrown out of house by her husband three years ago. Her only fault was that she gave birth to a girl child.

Prabha is now among 26 women who want to serve as a security guard to stop crime against women in the society.

One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC), running a drive since International Women's Day to rehabilitate victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment and dowry by linking them to different schemes, provided them the platform.

During the drive, victims of such atrocities were asked to choose a profession. Interestingly, most of the victims choose jobs of security guard and driver, apart from becoming an entrepreneur.

"I want to provide better future to my two daughters and become a saviour of victims like me. I have faced physical and mental harassment, but I will not let this happen to other women around me," Prabha said.

Total 287 victims have joined the drive, which will continue for next few days.

Twenty percent of the listed women were rape victims. Out of the 287 victims, 100 want to establish their own business.

"The drive has witnessed great response, which is a good sign," she added.

"It is really a positive sign that victims of crime against women are coming forward to become self-dependent in their lives. These victims want to be empowered now instead of gathering sympathy from others," said Shivani Saini, OSCC coordinator.

OSCC incharge Sarika Sinha said, "These women are inspiration even for us. Some wants to become driver, while others want to become security guards. All these professions are male dominated. It shows the confidence of these victims. We are also planning to provide training to them."

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