Actor and activist Nandita Das, on Thursday, launched a website to help women stand up against violence and abuse.
The website, www.standupagainstviolence.org, has been developed by Akshara, a non-profit organisation working in the field of women’s rights. It lists contact details of organisations working against dowry harassment, child sexual abuse, eve-teasing and sex selection among the unborn children.
“Violence against women is not limited to the lower classes alone,” said Das speaking at the inaugural function at HR College. “A dedicated website and the existing helpline provides a safe space for women to access help.”
Das also congratulated the south Mumbai college for inducting the first male member, Tarang Khurana, in its Women’s Development Cell. Khurana, a second year BCom student, is the vice president of the cell. “I hope that more boys join this cell in future,” he said.
The website lists organisations in nine Indian states. For Mumbai alone, it has a comprehensive list for helplines, advocacy groups and shelter homes for women, categorised as per different areas of Mumbai such as south, north, Thane and Navi Mumbai. “It took us nearly two years to get the site ready,” said Nandita Shah, co-director, Akshara.
“Saying no to violence has to be encouraged and inculcated,” said Nandita Gandhi, co-director, Akshara.