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National conference on ‘Creating Legal Awareness for Empowerment kicks off

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Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur Women’s College kicked off the first national conference on ‘Creating Legal Awareness for Empowerment of Women’ at the college campus.

The conference is being held in association with the National Commission for Women, New Delhi and the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi.BJP president Dinesh Kumar was the chief guest.

Anil Kumar Sinha, ex-advocate general of Jharkhand; Rajeev Ranjan, chairman, Jharkhand State Bar Council; Rajesh Shukla, vice-chairman, Jharkhand State Bar Council; A. Lakshminath, vice-chancellor, Chanakya Law University, Patna; B.C. Nirmal, vice-chancellor, NUSRL, Ranchi and Sanjay Piperwar, advocate, Jharkhand High Court were some of the guests and speakers.

Subjects like right to equal pay, right against harassment at work, right to anonymity, right against domestic violence, right to maternity related benefits, , right to free legal aid, right not to be arrested at night, right to dignity and decency and right to property.

“With liberalization, globalization and consequent growth, the aspirations of women have been raised. Companies have been quick to anticipate their emerging needs and provide all facilities and support that fulfill their professional ambitions and motivate them to take on assignments that will put them on an equal footing with their male counterpart,” noted a professor of Jamshedpur Women’s College.

She said that women are subjected to various forms of violence be at home or workplace. Steps should be taken at creating awareness about Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDV) Act 2005. Though the women were very much empowered about the laws such as domestic violence, dowry harassment, indecent behaviour at work place but the social stigma is forcing them to remain silent.

The message of punishment under the domestic violence and various other Acts to the men involved in crime against the women should be informed by their male counterparts by awareness programmes.

The Visakha guidelines that the Supreme Court of India laid down in 1997 for dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace.

The Vishakha guidelines define sexual harassment as physical contact and advances, a demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography or any unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

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