Kiran Bedi, who began her career as a lecturer in political science at Khalsa College for Women (KCW) in Amritsar in 1970 but joined the Indian Police Service two years later, on Wednesday recalled her times in college and encouraged the young women to stand for their rights and be courageous and financially self-reliant.
Advocating for liberty and freedom of girls, she said, "Women's safety is a collective responsibility of the society. There is an urgent need for people to change their mindsets. During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also emphasised that 'parents ask their daughters hundreds of questions, but have any parents ever dared to ask their son as to where he is going, why is he going out and who his friends are. After all, a rapist is also somebody's son'. Women would be secure if men are sensitised."
Bedi said that in July this year, she had written an open letter to the PM wherein she had wondered, "Does every rapist not have parents? Does every rapist not have a teacher? Don't rapists have a family and close friends? Where is the mind of a rapist coming from? Where is it getting formed? Home, school, college, neighbourhood, TV, item songs or mobile technology?"
ALL PRAISE FOR MODI GOVT
Bedi, who was in the college to release her biography `Kiran Bedi: Making of the Top Cop', was all
praise for the four-month old Modi government.
"Now, there are some changes and the government seems to be working. Earlier, the situation was different. The government seemed to have no existence. I have hopes that the Modi government would also think of ensuring the women' safety in the country," she said.
Bedi stressed that change in the mindset of society and sensitising boys over the issue would make a difference, but above all, the central and the state governments as well as the local administration should ensure that women are safe in India.
"No society can progress unless they know how to respect women. The crime against women has been rising in every state which is a matter of shame. The need of the hour is that education institutions and families should start educating the youth and sensitise them on this issue. Girls should learn self-defence moves," she added.
ON DELHI POLITICS
Talking about coming assembly elections in Delhi, Kiran said, "Politics, though important, is not the only way to serve the nation and society. So far, I have no wish to contest Delhi elections.
But I will vote and like everyone else I have a dream to see a stable government which has a capacity to work in close coordination with the Centre and for the benefit of people."
'WILL LOVE TO TEACH AGAIN'
Interestingly, Bedi said she would again love to join KCW as a teacher and would like to teach young women political science and international relations.
On this Khalsa College governing council honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina recalled the title 'Daughter of Punjab' which Chhina said was bestowed on her by the Punjab government.
"She is a role model and a motivational force for the young women of the state and the nation. Students must read her book which is a pictorial presentation of her life," he said.
Dr Sukhbir Kaur Mahal, KCW principal, said that they would plan and soon organise lectures by Bedi in the college and asked the students to imbibe the discipline and confidence she displayed throughout her life.