GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - Noted civil
rights activist Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of Manipur Women Gun
Survivors Network, today called for an urgent need to develop a
diversity policy in Assam and other States of Northeast to reduce
conflict and racism.
Speaking at a State-level meeting conducted by
Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
in collaboration with Chars and Rural Development Society on ‘Ensuring
Diversity, Women’s Right and Democracy in India: Working Towards Ending
Racial Discrimination and Gender Based Violence’ today, she said that
the Government of India still denies the existence of racism in India.
“We must get to understand the concept of diversity collectively and we have to respect each other,” Nepram said.
She also emphasized on establishing Women Support Centers across the country to provide legal and social support to women.
Rebina Subba, Chairperson, Shamakami, Shillong and Member, Meghalaya
State Women Commission, stated that violence against women should not go
unreported. Gender sensitization at work place and village level is a
necessity. Schools and colleges need to create a non-threatening
atmosphere for its students, especially the girl child, she said.
expert Dr Richa Pandey highlighted that rate of violence against women
and abduction has increased and mentioned that children should be
educated regarding the issues of sexual assault. She emphasized on
training of police and other authorities. “Economic independence of
women doesn’t come without legal awareness,” she added.