BJP corporator Ritu Tawade,who had pushed for a ban on lingerie mannequins,has now put forward a proposal before the BMC to educate girl in primary schools about the various sections of the Indian Penal Code that can be used against sexual offenders.
In light of the recent incidents of violence against women in the city,Tawade said the training would empower young girls to stand up against incidents of eve-teasing and molestation that they may encounter.
The M-east ward (Mankhurd,Chembur) corporator,who had earlier suggested a ban on mannequins wearing lingerie,proposed that the training be made part of the core curriculum in private,aided and municipal schools. The proposal will come up for discussion in the next civic general body meeting.
Today,eve-teasing is not restricted to older women,as even young girls are exposed to lewd behaviour. Men may purposely brush past them or inappropriately look at them. These children are young and do not fully understand what is going on and are also scared to report it to their parents. If they are taught about it at an early age,girls will learn to fight back with the laws that exist to protect them, Tawade said.
No place in Mumbai is safe for women. The situation is worse for BMC school students as the girls come from disadvantage backgrounds where violence against women is common and accepted. If they are aware of the sections of the IPC,they can easily register NCs and FIRs against the accused. The police wont even be able to hoodwink the young girls if they know the process, she added.
I am a woman corporator and I receive complaints from women either in the slum or affluent areas. If both,mothers and daughters,are educated,then in case the child is unable to react,the mother can take charge.