Women who inspired change were awarded on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Those awarded included gynecologist Dr Yash Bala, psychologist Dr Ritu Nehra, Punjabi actor and singer Satinder Satti and DSP Anjitha Chepyala.
The guests of honour at the Kapson’s Kanya Award were classical dancer Shubha Kausar and an actor-politician Savita Bhatti.
Shubhpreet Kaur Ghuman, the physically challenged dance finalist of TV reality show, India’s Got Talent was also awarded.
However, she could not attend the ceremony and the award was received by her parents. A panel discussion was also conducted where the awardees put forward their views and suggestions over the topic ‘Is Chandigarh a women friendly city.’
DSP, Anjitha Chepyala said, “Stalking and touching in a wrong way are offences over which an FIR can be registered. Media can play an essential role in spreading awareness.” Dr Yash Bala said, “Women are not only physically abused but they are also abused mentally.”
Psychologist Dr Ritu Nehra put a light on the way girls are brought up. She said, “Women are taught to be patient and are asked to keep quiet.” Satinder Satti concluded the discussion with her words “Every man wants a wife like heer but nobody wants a Heer to be born in their family.” Savita Bhatti said, “As a mother, the immediate thing I can do is teach my children to respect woman and that is what all women should do to bring about a change. Women are not weak, if they can manage a house they can manage a country also.”