To enlighten women regarding enactment that supports women empowerment, Women cell SIMAT organized a webinar on Friday, 2nd April 2021 at 5.00 pm through the Online Platform Google Meet. Speaker of the program is Adv. fahmida sherin P P, LLB, LLM, double specialization in business law and criminal law, currently practicing in a major bar association.
Sri. Haritha H, women cell student coordinator welcomed the Guests including students, academicians across the state. Dr.Hema P Menon, HOD CSE inaugurated the event. During the inaugural speech, Dr.Hema P Menon emphasized the need for knowledge in enactments supporting women.
The guest of honor, Sri fahmida Sherin explained about various laws that support women. She started the talk by defining empowerment. Women empowerment implies the ability in women to make decisions with regard to their life and work and giving equal rights to them in all spheres like personal, social, economic, political, legal, and so on. The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian constitution in its preamble, fundamental rights, fundamental duties, and directive principles. The constitution not only grants equality to women but also empowers the state to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favor of women. Further, she briefly explained the following legal and constitutional provisions for women in India.
|(1) The Crimes Identified Under the Indian Penal Code (IPC)|
|1. Rape (Sec.376 IPC)|
|2. Kidnapping & Abduction for different purposes ( Sec. 363-373)|
|3. Homicide for Dowry, Dowry Deaths or their attempts (Sec. 302/304-B IPC)|
|4. Torture, both mental and physical (Sec. 498-A IPC)|
|5. Molestation (Sec. 354 IPC)|
|6. Sexual Harassment (Sec. 509 IPC)|
|7. Importation of girls (up to21 years of age)|
|(2) The Crimes identified under the Special Laws (SLL)|
|Although all laws are not gender specific, the provisions of law affecting women significantly have been reviewed periodically and amendments carried out to keep pace with the emerging requirements. Some acts which have special provisions to safeguard women and their interests are:|
|1. The Special Marriage Act, 1954|
|2. The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955|
|3. The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (Amended in 1995)|
|4. Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961|
|5. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971|
|6. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976|
|7.The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence|
The session also included an interactive session.Women Cell Advisor Prof. Sushma M. (HOD, ECE) presented the Digital Memento as a Token of Honour. Sri. Suhaliath T K,women cell student coordinator , delivered the Vote of Thanks. Event enthusiastically hosted by Sri. Vishnulakshmi P. P. and was coordinated by Sri. Aswathy P. G. The e-certificates of events was distributed within minutes to all participants who successfully filled the feedback form after the completion of the event.