BIG ROLE FOR TODAY’S WOMEN Delhi Commission for Women is doing everything to protect women’s rights. By Our Correspondent

Kindly shed some light on the role played by women in modern society.

No doubt, women are playing far more important role in modern society. Women are highly educated these days. They are not only managing high posts in various private and government departments successfully, but are also running their families very well. A woman is pivotal to her family. If you educate a woman, you are educating a whole family.

Will the woman reservation bill help in improving the condition of women in India?

It will greatly help in improving the general condition of women in India. Already we have 50 per cent reservation for women in village Panchayats. Women as such are doing very well as village sarpanchs and members of Gram Panchayats all over India. If they are given similar reservation in Parliament also, I think they will be better able to bring a sea change in the condition of women in particular and society in general.

Kindly highlight the role played by DCW in the life of Delhi’s women.

DCW is running over 250 family

Panchayats all over Delhi success­fully, 22 NGOs are associated with us.

All the members of these Panchayats have been issued special identity cards, using which they can have access to any police station and learn about the progress about family disputes involving women. These family Panchayats also take up family issues and try to solve them amicably.

Crimes against women are rising in the capital. How can it be checked?

This is very unfortunate that crimes are increasing against women in the capital, you see. The main reason for this is prevalent unemploy­ment and eagerness of youths to grow rich through quick money. We all will have to look into this together and coerce the youths to the right track.

Do you get full support from the Police department in your drive against women-directed crimes?

The Police are doing their duty. But they should be somewhat more active and vigilant in checking crimes against women.

DCW takes quick action and decision in disposing of the cases
related to crimes against women. We seek quicker response from police department too.

Some products in the market distort women’s image. What is DCW’s stand on it?

Whatever products come under DCW’s purview, we definitely take action against them. For example, there used to be an advertisement of ING Vyas, showing girls as burden on family. DCW took action against it and forced the company to take it off the air.

Common Wealth Games are round the corner. What are your preparations to protect women during the Games?

We have worked out an elaborate plan for the Common Wealth Games. DCW will operate helpdesks at airports and railway stations, bus terminals, hospitals and tourism centres to help women arriving from abroad and other parts of India.

Our mobile vans will be on alert to check molestation of women and girls. A helpline number will soon be started. NGOs will also be roped in, in this task. In all, our endeavour would be to ensure comfortable and safe stay for the women during the Games.  [JE


he cloudy weather, the long drive on the potholed roads on the lazy Sunday, did not deter the nearly 90 participants to drive down to the venue of the 9th Mega Family Car Rally, 2009 organized by Woman’s Era, on the outskirts of Delhi. Accompanied by their family and friends, the enthusiastic lot had come1 together to be part of an event full of fun and adventure. Although the venue was different this time, some of the faces looked familiar; many were regulars who continued

  • be lured by the activity involving their family. Great Donhomie was evident among the new and old friends as all seemed to be busy either dressing up their ‘brides and cridegrooms’ for the occasion or running around to either get their car stickers or refreshments. Women and men, nusbands and friends, daughters and sons, young and old – all were equally dressed to the tee for the event.

Some of the enthusiastic ones, had gone a step ahead and taken great pains to dress up themselves with a theme. A highly excited boutique owner Neelam had roped in her .oung-at heart mother Saraswati and cousin Rita, who runs a successful beauty parlor in Vasant Kunj, to join her at the event. “Oh this is my new i10 and I am really very excited,” she said as animated a child with a new toy. The three some were dressed up like gypsies – the wig, the hats, the owing gown and the makeup did catch everyone’s attention at the venue. Even their car was very innovatively decorated and words like swine flue and tamiflu written on the car taught my eye.. The three of them, unmindful of the curious tlances that they got, felt as comfortable as Roman gypsies

  • an Italian fair and it all looked so surreal.



Kiran Walia, Health Minister of Delhi and Divesh Nath of Delhi Press herald the flagging off the first car.

It did not come as a big surprise that they were awarded me first prize in the Fancy dress category.



There were others dressed up differssome as mythological characters of Kristra and Balram with mother Devki chiding t’:while father Vasudev, dressed in a tradit1:= dhoti and kurta complete with a rudra*; mala, was at the wheel.

Driving an Innova, friends Megha, Ro_ *a and Shewta were here for a fun time and a a to show their women power, with no ma’ * their team, “we can do it” was their messa;- loud and clear, as they fixed their car baatr Whether it was the Pistachio team .* Rachna and Suman, a financial advisor ■ Met life, an executive with ENY, doctors, a— personnel, businesswomen or hardwor- homemakers, they were all here for the s’ — thrill of participating.
What was most amusing at this year’s ‘ah was that even family pets had decide: : participate in the truly family rally. For – — year old St Bernard named ‘Faux Pa: r seemed like an interesting outing, as he a sprawled on the floor, waiting for his mas’: car number to be announced. “Yes, he : team member” said Rahul Rishi. Lasttir: «e

got lost so this time I ensured that we have a good navigator, hence Faux Pas is with us,” said Rahul, who was here to cheer Vandana Rishi. As the car was waved off, I saw the pet oeeping out of the Vitara, and recognized the winner. (Vandana won the first prize in the woman’s category).

The rally was flagged off by Kiran Walia who also highlighted the importance of family outings in today’s time and age. She praised the role of Woman’s Era for organising such family events together.

After a winding 3 hour journey through the •oads of Delhi, the rally culminated at Parkland Exotica. The winners were announced and orizes distributed.
As the day culminated in laughter and merriment, the message was loud and clear and women, as always, proved to be the criving force of life, at home and outside!








Prof. J S Rajput, former Director, NCERT, was awarded the pres­tigious Jan Amos Comenius Medal for his outstanding achievements in the fields of educational research and inno­vation by Dr Warren Mellor, Director, UNESCO in New Delhi on 19th August, 2009. Also present on the occasion were Mr. Kreuter Charge d’Affaires, Embassy Czech Republic and Mr. Amit Khare, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The selection of the candidates for the Medal is made by a jury consist­ing of the President of the Interna­tional Bureau of Education (IBE) Council, the Director of the IBE, a representative of UNESCO’s Educa­tion Sector and a representative of
the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Repub­lic. The decisions of this jury concern­ing the choice of candidate are sub­mitted to the Director-General of UNESCO for approval.


The Jan Amos Comenius Medal, created jointly by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic and the Direc­tor-General of UNESCO, in 1992, on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary of Jan Amos Comenius, is intended to reward outstanding achievements carried out in the fields of educational research and innova­tion and exceptional examples of per­sonal devotion to education and the


ideals of UNESCO demons:-; throughout an important part o’ life.

As well as commemorat ‘: spiritual heritage of Jan Amos nius, its principal aim is to pro_ and encourage new initiatives a significant contribution to the :~ opment and renewal of educa::

Besides Prof.Rajput, the other Indian to receive the – COMENIUS Medal was Dr. CNaik, Member (Education), PR Commission in December, 199;