Workshop On Women & Legal Rights – 13th & 14th April 2016

A two days’ Workshop on Women & Legal Rights was conducted at KROSS Resource Centre, Bangalore on 13th & 14th April 2016 which was attended by 70 participants from all over Karnataka State. The Workshop was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by one participant from each Diocesan Social Service Society and participating NGOs & Federations members.

If our country has to be recognized in the International Arena, it has to grow economically and politically which means that the rights and opportunities provided for Women in the Constitution have to be upheld. Women who have taken a centre stage by being career oriented and moving into the mainstream workforce have to be safeguarded from mental, physical & sexual harassment and gender inequality besides seeing that their all other human rights are not trampled upon. Hence it is imperative that the women (specially marginalized & rural women) are made aware of the legal rights mandated by Indian Law and educated on the rights she enjoys. It is still being reported that in our country out of 10 men, 6 men still abuse women said Rev. Fr. Sebastian Fernandes in his keynote address.

The Resource Person, Advocate Sr. Juliet Cutinha from Bhadravathi explained to the participants every act of the Criminal Penal Code and under which section what abuse could be booked. She gave real life examples and shared her own experience in the rural villages. She emphasised the need to educate and be a moral support to the aggrieved women and see to it that the sections are properly recorded in the First Information Report which can only lead to proper punishment as sometimes the defendant can influence the authority and change the section and get away with any heinous deed.

The reports of both the days were well prepared and presented by the participants from ODP, BDSSS, DKRDS, MSSS, CMSSS & JVSSS.

Mr. G. M. Varghese, Program Officer, KROSS welcomed each and every one for the two days’ workshop. The first day’s session was compered by Mr. Sundar, KDDC, Karwar and the second day’s session was compered by Mr. Chinnappa, BDDS, Bellary. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Prashanth, SMSSS, Shimoga. The two days’ workshop was moderated by Mr. Clement Fernandes, Manager-Programs, KROSS.