News18 Network and Truecaller’s nationwide initiative #CallItOut against harassment concluded with rounds of impactful discussions in Telangana. Focused on the need to stand against harassment faced by women, the initiative encourages their safety online as well as the real world. Recognizing the role of men as allies, the event witnessed influential dignitaries from various sports, political and police backgrounds voicing against one of the most dealt with societal issues faced by women all over India.
News18 Network and Truecaller’s ‘CallItOut’ Telangana initiative
Sharing some aspects of Telangana’s phenomenal digital journey and prioritizing the need for online safety, KT Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister For IT E&C, MA&UD And Industries & Commerce Departments, Telangana said, “We would potentially set up a separate cell for those women who would like to call out online abuse. We would ensure that dedicated resources are provided which might help Telangana become a shining example to the rest of the country.” He further added, “A fine line must be drawn between freedom of speech and online harassment especially in the virtual world. The Government of Telangana will continue to bring measures for empowering women while taking every possible action against the perpetrators.”
Following a keynote address by KT Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister For IT E&C, MA&UD And Industries & Commerce Departments, Telangana, the stage opened for a one on one discussion between Ms K Kavitha, Member of Telangana Legislative Council and Ms Marya Shakil, Senior Political Editor, News18 Network. Appreciating the initiative, Ms K Kavitha stressed on the need for financial as well as societal empowerment of women while encouraging the audience to rise above gender bias. She said, “A collaborative effort is required to tackle harassment by focusing on the need to report things which are disturbing for women in order to bring a logical end to it.” Calling the male counterparts as allies, the minister called them an additional strength who can expand the boundaries of communication around women safety.
Inspiring women to call it out and report, the next phase of discussion brought views from notable speakers in the police department – Swati Lakra, Additional Director General of Police, Telangana; Mr. Jayesh Ranjan – Principal Secretary ITE&C Dept., Government of Telangana and Mr. CV Anand, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad.
The discussion also witnessed the presence of Upasana Kamineni Konidela, Founder of URLife, Vice-chairperson of CSR at Apollo Hospitals and MD of Family Health Plan Insurance TPA Ltd. and the Editor-in-Chief, B Positive Magazine who focused on the need to practice good digital hygiene and Mr. J Srinivas Rao, Chairman, Telangana State Commission for the protection of Child Rights who called women safety a subject of everybody’s concern.
Renowned Badminton player – Mr. Parupalli Kashyap who also shared the stage with other panelists highlighted on the need of spreading more awareness around the issue while Founder & Director of Youngistaan Foundation who has actively been involved issues around harassment – Mr. Y Arun Daniel Kumar applauded the role men have been playing in empowering women and encouraged the audience to appreciate it during this consciousness building conclave.