“We cannot wait until such untoward incidents occur. For this, formation of a strong public opinion and awareness campaign are necessary. They should be made aware of the pitfalls and the public should imbibe them,” Negi said.
She said the majority of the girls being taken to Kashmir are from southern states. “Most of the girls being rescued from Srinagar belong to southern or eastern states. They are being lured by offering a job, marriage and a happy life,” she said. Suggestions from the regional meeting will be compiled and included in the commission’s future projects. State women’s commission chairperson P Sathidevi said human rights of women are violated blatantly in Manipur.
“It is adversely affecting the very existence of society. All should come forward with one mind to support the women who have been victims of attacks. The NCW should provide Jagratha Samithis more financial support,” Satheedevi said. In addition to representatives from the state, women’s commission and W&CD department representatives from TN, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry, too, participated in the one-day meet.