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Women bodies join hands to fight bias

Pointing out that the gang rape of an MBA student by 11 youths in Noida last week has indicated towards “urban-rural divide regarding women”, local NGOs decided to begin a drive to sensitise the local populace with issues related to women's dignity and their safety, reports Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2009 00:25 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times

Pointing out that the gang rape of an MBA student by 11 youths of Garhi Chowkhandi village last week has indicated towards “urban-rural divide regarding women”, local NGOs on Tuesday decided to begin a drive to sensitise the local populace with issues related to women's dignity and their safety.

At a meeting held at the VV Giri National Labour Institute on Monday, participants from various women’s bodies said there is “hostility towards urban women” prevalent among the rural populace in the district.

Mala Bhandari of Social And Development Research & Action Group (SADRAG) said, “This urban rural divide was clear from statements given to the press by local village heads and rural representatives.”

She added, “They were actually blaming the victim for going at the secluded spot. I could sense hatred in their minds for urban girls, who might be studying or working.”

She requested “political parties” to refrain from “politicizing the rape case to garner votes.”

Meanwhile, activists from a Delhi-based NGO, Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, organised a rally at the Great India Place shopping mall demanding an “end to rapes and provisions for safety of women”.

First Published: Jan 13, 2009 00:16 IST