Punjab social security and women and child development minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Friday advocated the joint family system as against the nuclear family for a “healthy and well-conceived socio-cultural fabric” and to curb ills such as the drug menace.
“The interaction of children with elderly family members is lacking in modern-day life. This has caused emotional and social imbalance in our society,” Jyani said, addressing a gathering after inaugurating a national seminar here on ‘Domestic and Gender-based Violence against Women’.
The one-day event was jointly organised by the Punjab State Women’s Commission and the National Commission for Women.
Jyani also called upon social, religious and non-government organisations to join hands in eliminating crime against women.
“Complete transformation of the male mindset is required so as to give a respectable place to women in society,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, chief parliamentary secretary NK Sharma expressed concern over the rise in suicide cases by young men and women, citing lack of counselling by elders as the main cause of such acts.