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Women Better Placed, Must Not Use Law As Weapon To Settle Scores: Dr Nishtha Jaswal

MCM DAV College for Women celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 on Saturday in association with the Chandigarh State Branch of Indian Dental Association (IDA) and International College of Dentists (ICD), both celebrating 100 years of their existence.

Lectures by eminent speakers, a play and a self defence display by Chandigarh Police and a quiz organised by the IDA, with gifts being distributed among the winners, marked the occasion.  Senior faculty members of the college, who had put in two to three decades of service, and who were praised as pillars of the institution, were also felicitated.

Women Better Placed, Must Not Use Law As Weapon To Settle Scores: Dr Nishtha Jaswal, Lifeinchd

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Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest for the occasion Dr Nishtha Jaswal, Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh National Law University, and an alumnus of the college, said women have every right to live with dignity and honour in this world and they cannot give right to men, or anybody for that matter, to dictate their lives.

Noting with satisfaction that the status of women is now much better than it was when laws and practices were slanted heavily against them, and many of which were later struck down by the courts from time to time, she said women are not only born equal, but they have shown that they can share responsibilities equally with men.

Women Better Placed, Must Not Use Law As Weapon To Settle Scores: Dr Nishtha Jaswal, Lifeinchd

At the same time she said, while women have every right to lodge complaints in genuine case of harassment or discrimination, and fight tooth and nail to take it to its logical conclusion, it should not be used as a tool or weapon to settle scores. Recollecting her four-year tenure as chairperson of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) at Panjab University Chandigarh, she said she came across many cases where false complaints were lodged by women out of revenge on petty issues against men.

She signed off with a beautiful self written poem, highlighting the inherent power of women.

Women Better Placed, Must Not Use Law As Weapon To Settle Scores: Dr Nishtha Jaswal, Lifeinchd

Dr Ashima Goyal, Prof in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, PGI Chandigarh, who was the guest of honour, pointed to the list of 100 most powerful women in the world to press home the point that an equal world is an enabled world.

College Principal Dr Nisha Bhargava, while presenting a report card of the institution, said girls from the college have excelled in every sphere, including studies, sports and innovation.

Women Better Placed, Must Not Use Law As Weapon To Settle Scores: Dr Nishtha Jaswal, Lifeinchd

Dr RP Gupta, President of the Chandigarh State Branch of IDA, while giving an overview of the activities of the association in public service, said it has organised oral and general health awareness sessions for women patients at PGI and GMCH-32 in connection with International Women’s day. After today’s programme, the association is also going to organise an awareness camp at the Sector 16 Multi Speciality Hospital the next day, he added.  

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