Mangaluru: 'Sthri Shakti', a Self Defence Technique workshop, and a talk for women was organized by the students of the Department of Mass Communication, St Aloysius College at the college auditorium here, on March 31.
This awareness programme was conducted in association with Centre for Integrated Learning (CIL) & Institute of Karate & Allied Arts.
Asha Nayak, Advocate, Notary and former Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, addressing the gathering briefed on various legal acts and aspects of the judicial system of India and how the security of women at domestic and professional level is being taken seriously after 67 years of independence. She also informed on how reporting crime against women is really less and only elite issues are publicized.
Are women really safe in India? The question was posed by Sachitha Nadagopala, Executive Director, Centre for Integrated Learning as she began her enlightening speech on the safety and security of women in India. As she left the audience to ponder over her opening question, she emphasized that the reason that women are insecure in the country is because of our society. "The moment we focus on the downtrodden and not only the elite, women empowerment will be effective. Women empowerment is truly the need of the hour in our patriarchal society."
The demonstration performed by Institute of Karate and Allied Arts led by Gladwin Fernandes and team was the highlight of the event and it kept the audience at the edge of their seat as they witnessed the various steps that one can take to defend themselves. It was an extremely interactive session as volunteers from the audience also got a chance to try out some of the self defense moves.
The department of Mass Communication of St Aloysius College Mangaluru has been supportive in women empowerment and has been exhibiting their active participation in women related issues. In concern to multiple incidents that happened in Mangaluru, the first year students of the Mass Communication conducted a street play 'Nirbhayatva' and this workshop 'Sthri Shakti' will be a continuation of the promised sequence.