Legal awareness on women rights : Vimukti Pothnal

Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Women and legal rights and celebrated International Women’s Day at VCT center Pothnal on 14th of March, 2021. Mrs. Jacintha Vimukti staff in her key note address said there are several laws in India that give women the authority to fight against abuse, discrimination, violence, harassment, indignities, etc. Being aware of them is the first step towards fighting against any injustice. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said, international Women’s Day is an occasion to recall the struggles of women around the world to gain equality and rights. In order to live with dignity certain basic rights and freedoms are necessary, which all Human beings are entitled to these basic rights are called Human Rights. Human rights demanded recognition and respect for the inherent dignity to ensure that everyone is protected against abuses which undermine their dignity, and give the opportunities they need to realize their full potential, free from discrimination. Human rights belong to everyone, everywhere, regardless of nationality, sexuality, gender, race, religion or age.

The Resource Person, Mrs. Nilamper Begam. Gvt.high school Headmistress, Pothnal highlighted saying a Women has several rights, but these are the 10 legal rights which every woman should know: Right to Free Aid, Right to Privacy, right to untimely Registration, Right to Virtual complaints, Right to Zero FIR, Right to No Arrest, right to not being called to the police station, Right to Confidentiality, Right towards Crime and not a Medical Condition, and Right to No Sexual Harassment. She explained in length. She gave real life examples and shared her own experience in the rural villages. She said that as social workers we need to educate the rural women 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 day’s session was moderated by Fr. Sathish Fernandes and the vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Jecintha Vimukti health staff. Nearly 189 women attended and benefited from this training.

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