“Innocence among women is on a high scale and too much of innocence can prove to be detrimental to women,” opined renowned Kannada Novelist and National Sahitya Academy awardee Vaidehi.

She was speaking after inaugurating the UGC sponsored National seminar on “Feminist aesthetics in the appreciation of literary texts in English,” organised by the literary club, Department of English, St. Philomena’s College in collaboration with Centre for Women’s studies, Mysore University at the college auditorium this morning.

Pointing out that crimes against women are on the rise, Vaidehi said, Gandhiji believed that the country’s freedom has real meaning if only a lone woman can walk freely on the streets in midnight. But recent incidents of crime against women clearly shows that women are being targeted even during daytime, let alone in the night, she lamented and called upon the women to develop more courage in resisting atrocities against them.

College Principal Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras, English faculty Prof. B.N. Balajee, Prof. Mary Punadavalli and others were present.

A plenary session featuring lectures, paper presentations and parallel session, marked the day long seminar.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore