Uttar Pradesh girl students to know about women related laws

September 9th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 9 (IANS) Students in various girls’ degree colleges across the state will know more about women related laws through a campaign to be undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh state women’s commission, an official said Tuesday.”The move aims to apprise girls of legal tools, which they can opt for fighting any crime related to women,” Abha Agnihotri, commission chairperson, told IANS.

“As far as women-related laws are concerned, even the literate girls and women do not know much about the legal tools to combat domestic violence and other women related crimes,” she said.

The situation is more or less similar in rural and urban areas, added Agnihotri.

According to officials, initially the campaign will start within a month in girls’ degree colleges in various districts, including Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra and Bareilly.

Agnihotri said: “Degree colleges are the best medium to spread awareness about the legal system. Girls at this stage can understand the issues better.”

When these girls get married they will have an understanding of these laws so that they can act accordingly in case of problems, she added.

According to a study conducted by the National Crime Record Bureau, Uttar Pradesh accounts for nearly 10 percent of the crime against women across the country.

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