Maharashtra State Commission for Women has set a digital programme in motion to prepare the female netizens to combat cyber-bullying. It will teach the women how to counter the social media predators. Commission’s member secretary Asha Luthra said that during the lockdown, domestic abuse has not only gone up, the programme will advocate the women in filing cases of domestic abuse.
Launched on Tuesday, July 22, the campaign will carry out at least 50 webinars across the state to train the participants to tackle social media conundrums and the participating women will be certified as “cyber sakhis’.
Luthra said, Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) receives on an average 800 complaints a month, though the number has slid down with the easing of lockdown, she added. Most of the complaints that the MSCW receive from women are sent through emails, letters, phone calls and even via Tejasvini app. They are mostly regarding domestic abuse, while some are also about social and financial problems.
"Often, neighbours and relatives are afraid to alert the authorities considering that any argument within the family is personal business. But this needs to change and people need to overcome the hesitation and make it a usual practice to raise voice against any violence," Luthra said.
"With this initiative, we aim to encourage people not only to raise their voice against domestic abuse, but also spread the message and help us in helping the victims get justice and a better life," she added.
Since the outset of the campaign, 425 complaints of domestic violence have been received from across the state. "Among them, the maximum reports (116) are from Mumbai," she said.
Luthra also highlighted several cases of domestic and mental abuse where in the women were compelled to live with their oppressor in the pandemic. She also guaranteed that the campaign will be efficacious and assured compassionate services to the affected women.