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Delhi government launches a three-pronged initiative to enhance gender sensitization; boys in schools and colleges in Delhi will take a pledge to honor women - Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

December 14, 2019 11:05 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced a three-pronged initiative to ensure women safety in Delhi and enhance gender sensitization, in a Press Conference held at the Delhi Secretariat on Friday along with the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia and Shri Kailash Gahlot, Transport Minister. “In all schools, colleges, and universities in Delhi, boys will take an oath to respect women and swear that they will not abuse or misbehave with a woman. Along with this, girl students will talk to their brothers at home and motivate them to assure that they will respect women; and a one-hour classroom discussion on women safety will be conducted”, said the Chief Minister.

“These initiatives are not a substitute for law and order elements. Governments and police will do their work. Everywhere in the country people are worried about the safety of women. Now everyone is concerned about the safety of women members in his/her families. As the Chief Minister of Delhi, I am concerned about the mothers, sisters, and daughters of Delhi. Delhi government has installed CCTV cameras for women safety, appointed marshals in buses have been installing two lakh street lights. Everyone needs to come together to solve this grave issue – atrocities against women. Ultimately society also needs to change its mindset to ensure safety and respect from women”, the Chief Minister added.

“To achieve this task, all agencies including government and police, people also should come together and work sincerely. We should seriously think that why such pervasive thoughts to disrespect and harm women, exists amongst a segment of youth.   Therefore Delhi's government plans to undertake this campaign and motivate the boys to be respectful towards women through a pledge. The pledge will be administered at regular intervals like once in three months. It will make every boy think and decide that he will never disrespect or harm a woman. Girl students will motivate their brothers not to get involved in any kind of wrongdoings against women. Girls will tell their brothers that if they do anything wrong against any wrong thing, they will be no more treated as brothers. Now the society also prefers to break relationships with the criminals. Those who commit offenses against women also should be socially boycotted, even in families if required”, the Chief Minister said.

Further, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said “Issues about women safety will be discussed in every school and college for an hour. The sessions will be conducted frequently and facilitated by teachers. We will speak to all private schools, colleges, and universities in this regard and will figure out a mechanism to implement these initiatives effectively”.  “It will be an effort to transform the mindset of boys on this very sensitive issue and motivate them to respect women”, said the Deputy Chief Minister.

 Government’s part will be done, but society also needs to come forward - Shri Arvind Kejriwal

The Chief Minister assured “To ensure the safety of women in Delhi, whatever may be the part of the government, everything will be done. We will continue to install CCTVs, Street lights and appoint bus marshals and to improve the law and order system”. “Now society also needs to deliver its part. We have to convince our men in the family that if they do anything wrong with any woman, he needs to face a boycott from family first and then from society. Every family must do this.  It can be stopped only if every mother talks to her sons and every sister to her brothers. Girls have to tell the male members in their families that how they would feel if it happens to the female members in their own families.


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