Dr Sashi Panja, Minister for Women and Child Development and social welfare inaugurated a mobile van to create awareness against domestic violence to be run by Swayam, an NGO working in the field for more than two decades.
Swayam has organised a 15-day programme to create awareness against abuse on women, dowry, and gender inequality. Seminars, workshops on these issues will be held during the fortnight long programme.
A rally from Y channel at Esplanade will be held on November 25.
It will pass through Lenin Sarani, Moulali and end at Ramleela Maidan. This will be followed by an anti-dowry awareness programme at Metiabruz on November 26. This will include screening of a documentary on dowry.
There will be interaction with the audience and presentation of anti-dowry social responsibility award named Jehj-e- Nafi to those parents who have not taken or given dowry during the marriage of their children.
It may be mentioned that every day in India, 311 married women are tortured by their in laws or husbands according to NCRB data in 2015.
Every 21 women are murdered due to dowry and 11 women commits suicide due to dowry everyday in 2015, the data added.
At Shyambazar five-point crossing, a street corner will be held on domestic violence and mental health on December 2. Awareness programme will be held for men and boys to end gender violence.