One day seminar on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace’ organized at HMV Collegiate School

Jalandhar 25 February (Jaswinder Azad)- HMV Collegiate Sr.Sec. School organized a one day seminar on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace under the able guidance of Principal Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Ajay Sareen and support of school coordinator Mrs. Meenakshi Syal by the Department of Social Security Women and Child Development, Punjab to promote government scheme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’.  Around 250 principals from various schools attended the workshop.  Mrs. Sangeeta Bhatia, Counsellor MGN Public School, Mrs. Neelam Gupta, Retd. Manager Bank of Baroda, Mrs. Shashi Kataria, Retd. Judge, S. Amarjeet Singh Bhullar, District Programme Officer, Mr. Surjeet Singh, Local Programme Officer were the resource persons of the event.  The workshop started with the welcome note by the organizer Mr. Surjeet Singh in which he showed deep concern over the growing problem of sexual harassment of women not only at workplace but everywhere in our society.  Mrs. Sangeeta Bhatia, one of the key resource persons, made a detailed power point presentation on gender, sex and sexual harassment. She also gave some instances.  She told that how girls and abused by their classmates, male teachers, bus drivers etc.  She also said that there is need to sensitize each and every person in our society.  Dr. Anjana Bhatia, HMV, NSS Programme Officer spoke about declining sex-ratio.  She further commented on infanticide, dowry death and indifferent opinion of people about female offspring.  She encouraged the thought to consider daughters as a blessing.  Mrs. Shashi Kataria and Mrs. Neelam Gupta also aware about different laws and acts against sexual harassment and also told about legal proceedings against such cases.  They suggested women to come forward to deal with such problems.  Mr. Amarjeet Singh Bhullar told about committees that should be formed in schools to curb this social evil.  He encouraged all the principals to form committees in their schools.
Mrs. Meenakshi Syal also suggested measures to deal with such problems.  She further introduced various courses and diplomas to ensure their financial independence and different life skills taught by HMV for women empowerment.  Principal Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Ajay Sareen welcomed all the worthy principals, resource persons and other members present in the event.  In her address, she recalled the age old values of Indian society where women were respected and were safe and secure.  She expressed empathy over the present scenario, where we come across heart rending news of sexual abuse of females.  She further added that there is need to realize our responsibility in this regard so that we can hope to build a society in which women can get safe and healthy environment.  The programme ended with National Anthem.
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