Make Gender Sensitisation Programmes Compulsory Across Schools
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According to National Crime Record Bureau, crimes against women in India rose from 41.7% to 53.9% between 2011 and 2015. In 2015, 3,27,394 cases of violence against women were reported, including 34,651 cases of rape, 4,437 cases of attempted rape, 59,277 kidnapping and abductions, 7,634 dowry deaths, and 1,13,403 cases of domestic cruelty, among others. These numbers barely paint the whole picture. Gender-based discrimination continues to encourage selective abortion of female fetuses, child marriages and limit opportunities for girls.
It is time we as a nation, listen and understand.We need to be more aware of the challenges women and girls in our country still face, and build a gender-sensitive and gender-equitable society. Attitude formation among adolescents is important to understand, since they are still at an age where attitudes are malleable, and could be reformed with targeted policy interventions.
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