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‘Women’s rights are human rights’

The awareness programme at Mount Sinai College, Ruhm Tang

Centre Administrator of OSC, Ukhrul, Chonchuirinmayo Luithui said fighting violence against women should be everyone’s responsibility.

By TFM Ukhrul Correspondent

An awareness programme was organized by One Stop Centre (OSC), Ukhrul District at Mount Sinai College at Ruhm Tang, about 7km from Ukhrul Headquarters. The programme was held in two sessions. While the first one was with the residents of Eden Home, the second one was for the locales of Lanai Tang and the vicinity. The focus of the programme was on child care, child rights and women rights.

Centre Administrator of OSC, Ukhrul, Chonchuirinmayo Luithui spoke on Women Rights and services rendered by OSC. She expressed that “women’s rights are human rights. It is just that the concern rights are focused on women.” She further stressed that fighting violence against women should be everyone’s responsibility. According to the Centre Administrator, “18 cases are registered with the Centre. However, unofficially, there are much more cases.”

Paralegal of OSC, Ukhrul, Shungmichon Vashum spoke on child rights with the main emphasis on POCSO Act, 2012. She stated that it was important to be aware of the various rights and protections guaranteed as well as the responsibilities entrusted to the people by the Act.

Case Worker cum Counsellor of OSC Ukhrul, Wontimla Kashung shared on Child Care. While interacting with the residents of Eden Home along with their legal guardian, she shared on being aware of physical boundaries, and on personal relationships. In the second session, she spoke on the significance of parenting care. She stated parents giving proper attention to “our children” is necessary for their wholesome growth.

The OSC, Ukhrul District has been functioning since October 2019. Recently, in an online survey commissioned by World Health Organisation, it was listed as one of the best performing OSCs in India along with other 114 centres out of the functioning 699 centers. The Centre Administrator expressed that “such recognition is very encouraging because our work can be very intense, considering the irregular payment of honoraria and financial constraint. We could reach this far because of the unceasing support from the District Administration and many well-wishers. Our special thanks to former DC, Ukhrul Joseph Pauline Manson. We look forward to similar support from the new DC, Krishna Kumar. In fact, we are yet to be paid for the months of November to March of the financial year 2019 to 2020 and July to December of the financial year 2020 to 2021 because of irregular fundings.”

A little over 100 attended the first session at Eden Home and 20 attended the second session at Lanai Tang.

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