Students in Chennai urge society to end gender based crimes

Chennai, Mar. 8 (ANI): Urging the society to put an end to gender specific crimes, thousands of students celebrated International Women’s Day here on Friday under the banner of the global One Billion Rising campaign.

College students pledged to fight against women crimes by organizing awareness programmes in Chennai city.

Students were seen observing a minute silence for victims of gender abuse other than delivering powerful speeches to bolster the spirits of young girls amid increasing reports of crimes against women.

“This One Billion Rising campaign is towards ending violence against women and girls, to uphold the dignity of women. And as a college community we want to empower all women to face the challenges of life with courage and commitment. Today our voice is in solidarity to end violence against women and girls,” said Sister Jasintha Quadras, Principal of Stella Maris College.

A series of programmes is being organised across the country to mark the International Women’s Day.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurated India’s First all Women Employees Post Office at the Shastri Bhawan here today on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today inaugurated Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women and Hospital at Khanpur Kalan village in district Sonipat in Haryana.

Rajasthan Government has exempted women from paying fares today while travelling in the state roadways buses, including Volvo services. Odisha Government has launched a special bus service for women between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from today.

In several cities, women are today being offered free rides in buses and auto rickshaws. (ANI)

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