The alarming rise of violence against women and children is a critical concern for Bangalore today.
Whitefield Rising in an effort to address this issue supported a new initiative “Bembala” which is striving to provide support for women and children survivors of violence and an event was hosted with the venue support of Kalaari Capital in their Whitefield premises. Twenty four participants attended this awareness-raising event and learnt about the enormity of the problem besides the complexity as a first step towards readiness for offering support to survivors.
The interactive presentation entailed a detailed explanation of the definitions of violence against women and children, the causes, forms and the efforts taken to address a response. The definitions that were provided included violence against women/children, sexual violence and intimate partner violence to inform the audience of the misconceptions that arise with these terms.
The forms of violence against women highlighted four types of violence :(1) Physical violence is any form of injury or harm done to the body and this includes hitting, kicking, beating etc. (2) controlling behavior, is any form of restriction brought to the women, for example not allowing her to go out of the house of not allowing her to seek health care. (3) Emotional abuse includes criticizing, threatening, humiliating, abusing and belittling women. (4) Sexual violence and intimate partner violence, includes forced sex and hurting her during sex. Data analysis of worldwide data to the current figures in Bangalore provided insight and evidence that worldwide, 1 in 3 women face some form of violence at some time in their life.
To explain how violence can occur throughout a women’s life, a life cycle of violence was shown that detailed the forms of violence ‘from womb to tomb’. This included forced abortions, female infanticide, child prostitution, courtship violence, rape, dowry deaths and abuse of elder women, to name a few.
An overview of the relevant laws and policies to provide justice and protection to women and children were presented. The discussion concluded that while India and Karnataka has relevant and progressive laws and policies in place, their implementation remains a huge challenge.
Some of the reasons as to why women survivors tolerate and children do not report violence against them were discussed. These included lack of resources, isolation, shame, children, fear, low self-esteem for women and self-doubt, lack of knowledge of the abuse, fear of being harmed, not confident for children.
In conclusion, the next steps for Bembala were discussed. These include firstly, creating a referral directory of the services available for women and children survivors in Bangalore and to build awareness about this repository information. Secondly, a comprehensive training program will be conducted for interested and committed volunteers to work as support persons for women and children in distress. Once this is completed, Bembala trained volunteers will be able to walk survivors through available options about the relevant agencies in Bangalore and guide and support their follow up. All volunteers will be trained to listen with empathy and respond in a non- judgmental manner and be able to provide timely and appropriate assistance and information to the women and children who reach out for help.
Thirdly, to explore the most suitable space to provide these services in Whitefield and potential resources to make Bembala functional.
List of resources for help
(We are in the process of setting up a referral network and will be sharing an updated list soon.)
|RESOURCE FOR||NAME||ADDRESS||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Child Abuse||Enfold||Enfold Proactive Health Trust
No. 22, 3rd Main Road, Ashwini Layout, Ejipura, Inner Ring Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru, 560047
|Child abuse||Srishti||Nisha Byju – MD
|Counseling||Viveka Counseling Centre||#3271, First Floor,
11th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
|Shelter and Rehabilitation for Women in Distress||Vimochana||33/1-9,
4th Cross, Thyagraj Layout, Maruthi Seva Nagar PO, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560024
|Counseling||Makkala Sahayavani||No.1, Office Of The Commissioner Of Police, Infantry Road, Bangalore – 560001||080-22943225
|Counseling, Training, and Research Intervention helpline||Parivarthan||1st Floor, #3310, 8th Cross, 13th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560008||080-25273462
|Educating rural women and children||Anchorage||No.4, Haudin Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore||080-51526640 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Family counseling, shelter||Mahila Dakshata Samiti||CA–4, 1st Main. BEL Layout,Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore||080-23641814/ 9341222585
|Helpline for widowed/divorced women and senior citizens, shelter||Parihaar Foundation||2992, 2nd Main, 17th Cross, BSK 2nd Stage, Off K.R. Road, Bangalore||080-41842727
|Legal aid||Human Rights Law Network||No.20, Park Road, Tasker Town,Shivaji Nagar||080-65624757
|Violence against Women||AWAKE||76th B Cross Rd, Rajaji Nagar Industrial Town, Rajaji Nagar,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560023
|Legal aid||SICHREM||35, 1ST Floor, Anjanappa Complex, Hennur Main Road, Lingarajapuram, St. Thomas Town Post, Bangalore 560084||080-25473922
|Transit shelter||Mitr Sanketa||Usha Kiran, Haudin Road, Ulsoor||9845445408 – Geeta Menon|
|Rights of domestic workers, legal||Sree Jaguriti Samiti||125, 10th Main, 1st Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore||9845445408|
|Rehabilitation center||Souharda Family Counseling Centre||4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore||080-26556555|
|Support against sexual harassment at workplace||SASHA||No. 33, 102, Renaissance Tranquil, 7th Main, Malleshwaram, Bangalore||91-9845096503
|Rehabilitate destitute, poor and abandoned children||Ashraya||Jawan’s Quarters, BDA Park, Double Road, Indiranagar Stage 1, Bangalore 560038||080-25251929
|Violence against women and children||Talaash Association||Panduranga Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076||91-804122073
|Support vulnerable children on the street by providing protection/ education and healthcare||Vidyaranya||Municipal No.34, 3rd Floor, Royal Park Apartments, Unit No.15, Next to Hotel Ramada, Park Road, Tasker Town, Bangalore||080- 22862622
|Shelter, intervention helpline||Freedom Foundation||Children Residential Care Centre,Goldline Residency No.39, Property, No. 31/2, Rampura Cross, Bidarahalli Hobli, Bangalore East Taluk, Bangalore||080-32559895
|Shelter, counseling and rehabilitation||Abhaya Ashram||28, 4th Cross, Siddaiah Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore,||080-22220834
|Support for children who’re physically, sexually or emotionally abused||Bangalore Baptist Hospital||Bellary Road, Hebbal, Bangalore||91 80 22024700|
|Upliftment of women and children, shelter||SAKTI||BSK 2nd Stage, No 18 , 2nd Cross, Teacher’s Colony||080-25497777|
|Violence against women||Vanitha Sahayavani Police||1091 (24/7)/ 080-22943225|
|Child rights||Child Rights Trust||4606, 6th Floor, High Point IV,
|Child Welfare Committee||Hombegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029||Basavaraj
|Counseling, home placement, education, tracing missing children, health care||BOSCO||BOSCO – Yuvodaya
91, ‘B’ Street, 6th Cross,
|Child labour, slum outreach, juvenile justice||APSA||34, Annasandrapalya, Vimanapura, Bangalore, 560017||080-25232749
|Shelter, rights of children, health care, education||Navajeevana||No.257, 1st Main,
Chamrajpet, Bangalore – 560 018
|Child care center||Shishu Mandir||Opposite Garden City university, Virgonagar, Hella Nagar, Padmeshwari Nagar, Battarahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560049||080-25300084
|Institution for women/elderly/ Children welfare organizations||Sumangali Seva Ashram||Ssa, Cholanayakanahalli, Rt Nagar, Bangalore – 560032, Near Hebbal Police Station & Shrusti Apartments||080-23439190
|Caring for specially enabled children||Divine Light School for the Blind.||#227, Whitefield Main Road,Bangalore -560066. Located near Hope Farm Circle.||91 80 28452234, www.dtlb.org ; email@example.com| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|To enable the disabled and bring back the joy of living||Anga Karunya Kendra||#15, Next to Gopala International School,Vishveshwaraiah Indl Area, Mahadevapura,Bangalore – 560 048||080-28524247, Mr. Jayaram.
|Destitute Mentally ill Women Rehabilitation||Abhayasram||Kattamnallur, Virgonagar Post, Bangalore, Karnataka, India – 560049. from ITPL 10 kms. after safal.||9845220194, 9945518190. www.vision-india.net.in ; email@example.com|
|Old age home||Cheshire Home||ECC Road, Whitefield & Opp to Manipal Hospital,Airport Road,Bangalore – 560 017||080 – 28451549/98455 54489 / 96115 75984,9480138784.
|Old age home||Sri Sainath OldAge Home||Chikkathirupathi Rd,Nr Dodda Dunnasandra Crs,Whitefield,Bangalore – 560067||98452 00476. Mr. Subanna|
What is the Bangalore story
- Peenya Industrial Area
- Whitefield – 2nd category
2015: More than 70% of crimes reported consisted of
- Cruelty by husband/in-laws
- More than 8 crimes against women were reported every day