Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The theme for this year is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.”

Various organisations in city today celebrated Women’s Day at different venues:

At ODP: The Organisation for the Development of People (ODP), Bannimantap and District Legal Services Authority, Mysore, jointly celebrated Women’s Day at ODP this morning with the theme ‘Domestic Violence and Atrocities on Women.’

Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli, in his inaugural address, said: “Law is not a panacea for all evils in society; it is the society that should change the way it looks at women.”

Lauding the efforts of ODP in bringing the down-trodden, especially women, into the mainstream of society, he regretted that female foeticide was on the rise, decreasing the man-woman ratio in an alarming rate.

Stating that atrocities on women has increased, he opined that the same should not be decreased but completely stopped and regretted that women were not safe even at their workplace.

Earlier, Rev. Fr. Desmond Rebello of Krupalaya, Bogadi, inaugurated the celebrations in the presence of Senior Civil Judge B. Nandakumar, advocate M.A. Hemalatha, Fr. J.B. Xavier, Director, ODP, Chamarajanagar ZP President Nagashree Prathap and others.

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of ODP Convenor Metilda who passed away recently.

Nagashree Prathap spoke on ‘Women and Law’ in which about 300 persons participated.

At University of Mysore: Women’s Day was also celebrated at Mysore University in which Progressive Organic farmer Lakshmidevamma delivered a special lecture.

Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) had also organised Women’s Day celebration in association with Inner Wheel Club of Mysore West at D. Banumaiah Polytechnic College in Udayagiri.

Inaugurating the programme, advocate M.S. Savithri reiterated that women’s day should not be confined just to one day but the effect should be felt throughout the year. She sought more protection for women and reservation of 50 per cent in all sectors for them.

She pointed out that harassment of women was continuing which should be curtailed by the government.

Summing up, Savithri contended that death sentence was not the final solution for rape but the rapists should be dealt with an ‘eye for eye’ concept to make the offender realise the gravity of the crime.

FPAI Branch Manager Sadiq Pasha welcomed. Inner Wheel West President Thein Perumal, Polytechnic Principal V.C. Komala, FPAI member Sajad Ahmed Sharif and others were present.

The day was also observed at a programme organised jointly by District Nehru Yuva Kendra and Department of Sports and Youth Affairs at the kendra premises in Vishveshwaranagar here.

Retired Professor of Mysore University M. Vasanthamma inaugurated the programme. District Co-ordinator M.N. Nataraj and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore