Laying emphasis on awareness about laws to ensure women's safety, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai Wednesday said "the dignity of women had always been held in high esteem in Indian society and, therefore, the issue of their safety was most important."
"Various laws for ensuring women feel secure are being implemented in the country but, with rising cases of crime and discrimination against women, an urgent need is being felt to make these laws more stringent and strictly enforce them," he said after inaugurating a two-day national seminar on 'Women's safety and security: Issues & challenges'.
Over 150 research papers are expected to be presented at the seminar, organized by the Centre for Women's Studies & Development under the aegis of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR).
"There are no serious challenges as far as women's security is concerned and women in the hill state are enjoying complete freedom with dignity and honour. We need to develop a society and have respect for every woman," Bajpai said. He also stressed upon the role of legislature, executive, judiciary and media to the end point satisfaction involving the younger generation, NGOs and men in particular.
Jenab Chandel, chairperson of the HP State Commission for Women and the guest of honour on the occasion, said women's empowerment was the state government's major focus. "Numerous schemes are being implementing in the state for the welfare of womenfolk so as to bring them into the mainstream," she added.
Speaking on the occasion, the additional director general of police said no single segment could be solely held responsible for the apparent or real lack of security for women and society as a whole had to take responsibility for it.
He stressed on the need for reporting crimes against women without any hesitation to the police, saying "priority should be given to interacting with the women under the community interaction programme".