Students form ‘We-Too’ panel to help sexual abuse victims

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 22 October 2018

For any queries or help related to the matter, the committee has appealed to women to contact them at 7038443776.

PUNE: In solidarity with the MeToo campaign in India, a group of students studying law and journalism has organised a committee ‘We-Together’ (We-Too) to help women facing sexual abuse at workplaces, or anywhere else. The first committee of students formed for the cause will be instrumental in creating awareness and providing the victims with counselling and legal advice.

Presently, the committee consists of five girls and four boys. For any queries or help related to the matter, the committee has appealed to women to contact them at 7038443776.

“Women from simple, middle-class families or those coming from rural areas might not express about the abuse faced by them on social media. Many times, they are not aware of the course of action that they should/ can take after a sexual assault. Through this platform, we aim to help such women, and guide them on to how they could take a legal recourse to punish their offenders in such cases,” said Kalyani Mangave of the committee, who studies at Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s Shankarrao Chavan Law College (SCLC).

She added, “We have received calls from people and students from all across the state, and they have shown willingness to join us in creating awareness about the issue. To start with, we will be sending the legal information related to sexual abuse. Also, if any women contact us on the helpline number, the local students there who are in contact with us could help the women with the legal proceedings.”

Nitin Jadhav of Fergusson College who is also part of the committee said, “As a man, I also provide total support to the MeToo movement. Yes, there has been fear and concern expressed by men on social media that this campaign might also lead to false accusations. However, the number of false cases will certainly be much lower than the real ones. And the law has provision to punish those who make false accusations. This is the first time that the women have come out on such a large scale to talk about the abuse and everyone, men and women, needs to show solidarity with them.”

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