After rape of a 19-year-old, female lawyers, judges hold cultural events to raise awareness on women security
In a bid to assure safety and security for women travelling during the late evening in Ernakulam town and adjoining areas, a group of working women, mostly senior advocates and bureaucrats held a meeting at the Darbar hall grounds on Friday. The event witnessed nearly 350 women gathering at Gandhi Square where discussions along with a night walk were conducted by the participants.
The event ‘Seize the Night’ was organized by the women’s sub-committee of the All-India Lawyers Union’s (AILU) Kerala unit to raise awareness against curtailing women’s freedom of moment during the late hours. The event was organized with the help of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC).
District collectors, lawyers and women from various walks of life attended the get-together that passed a resolution on women's safety and freedom and also decided to submit a memorandum requesting the government to take measures to improve women’s freedom of movement during night time.
The event was graced by four women judges of the Kerala high court namely Justice Sofi Thomas, Justice Mary joseph, Justice CS Sudha and Justice Shobha Annamma Eappen accompanied by Ernakulam district collector Dr Renu Raj IAS. The get-together by around 350 women from various scores of life witnessed women singing and ‘Shinkari melam’ with women drummers and other folk music being played by women participants. The event began at 8 pm and ended at 1:45 am on Saturday.
“The event was conducted by the AILU members with the support of the DTPC so as to give a strong message to the society where women, especially working women find it extremely to venture outside in public during night hours. Women from the legal fraternity in Ernakulam unlike their male counterparts find it difficult to work late hours and return home as the city has been reporting alarming incidents where young women have been targeted. We need to get rid of this situation and ensure that women can walk freely during the late hours”, said Advocate KR Deepa who was coordinating the event.
Ernakulam, the financial hub of Kerala has been witnessing a surge in violence against women where cases of rape and sexual assault have been reported.
Recently, a 19-year-old model was gang-raped in a car at Ernakulam south where the accused had befriended the girl, took her to a bar and later assaulted her. All the four involved in the crime were arrested the next day.