Sunday, 18 December 2016

Legal Literacy Program at Mala Free Legal Aid Cell

On 18th December 2016 Mala free legal aid cell conducted a Legal Literacy programme on the topic titled ‘Child Rights’ at Hedgewar Higher Secondary School, Mala.

The programme commenced with the welcome address delivered by the faculty incharge of the cell Prof. Bhakti Naik. The key speakers from child line were Ms. Pranita Kalangutkar and Ms. Jessica Pereira. Jessica Pereira spoke about the objective and functioning of the child line which functions under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Ms. Parnita Kalangutkar spoke about the works under taken by their organisation which included working for betterment of street children; helping children in distress, orphans; efforts undertaken to prevent child abuse etc. She educated the audience on three abuses against the child i.e. Physical, emotional and sexual and further explained on good and bad touch and the way parents / guardians must handle such cases.  She also enlightened on the rights of the child which included ‘right to survival’, ‘right to education’ etc. A couple of live cases handled by the organisation were also stated at the programme.

An animated video clip which was based on the real case of child abuse was screened. She appealed to the audience categorically stating that child abuse is a grave offence and the distressed or the complainant must immediately contact the helpline no 1098 in any such instances.

The session was informative and interactive. The entire programme was compared by Siddharth Sardesai and it ended with verse of gratitude delivered by Jay Sawaikar.

Dona Paula Free Legal Aid Cell hosts Awareness Session on Child Rights

Dona Paula Free Legal Aid Cell of V.M.Salgaocar College of Law in association with Childline 1098 organized a legal awareness program on Child Rights and Child Abuse on 17th Dec 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Aamod Shirali, Faculty in-charge of the cell. The members conducted intensive campaigning in the neighbourhood weeks before the program. The program was held in Shri Satteri Devasthan Mandir in Aivao village in Dona Paula.

Mr. Bhalchandra Bandodker, Student in-charge welcomed the guests and audience. Ms Rashmi, resource person from Childline gave a brief introduction about Childline, followed by the interactive session by Ms Pranita, a counsellor from Childline. The various rights of the children were discussed including the  right to play, right to go to school, right to development, and right to survival.

A short film “Komal” was shown to the audience.  This film had won a National award. The film depicted the story about an eight year old girl Komal who was sexually abused by her father’s friend. The protagonist “Komal” instead of keeping quiet, shares this incident with her parents and her parents approached Childline 1098 for assistance and help. This was followed by a brief discussion on the film and question and answer session.

Ms. Kavita Naik, Cell Member proposed the vote of thanks. The program was attended by about 60 people and was well received by the audience.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Bicholim Legal Aid Cell – Legal Literacy Programme

Bicholim Legal Aid cell of V.M.Salgaocar College of Law in association with Childline conducted Legal Literacy Programme on ‘Child Rights’. The programme was scheduled on December 17th at Bicholim Municipal Hall. The resource persons were Ms. Suzana De Souza, Ms. Vinita Gadekar and Mr. Harshal Mandrekar, all from Childline. A representative faculty from the College, Ms. Shruti Mahambrey was also present. 

The programme was hosted by the student member of the Bicholim Legal Aid Cell Mr. Hrishikesh Vaze.  The programme started by lighting up of the traditional lamp. Hrishikesh Vaze gave a brief introduction about the Legal Aid Society and the services provided by the Bicholim Legal Aid Cell as well as a report of the tasks completed and pending. 

Later, member of Childline, Suzana de Souza, proceeded with the talk by introducing childline & the services provided by them. She stressed on child helpline no. 1098 which can be dialled by the complainant interested to register a complaint against the accused committing an offence against the child or the child can proceed to complaint too. The session incorporated a healthy discussion with the audience on the issues with regard to child assault. 

The speaker also gave instances where a child may have to go through the phase of depression which is indeed painful not only for the child but also the guardian. However the establishment of counselling facilities in schools has provided a platform for such children to put forth their grievances and to resolve their issues. She also generally discussed about the definition of child, their rights in connection with the latest implementation of ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009’. 

The session was followed by an on-screen presentation which projected photographs and conveyed an important message as to ‘realizing child rights’. It was categorically stated that, The ‘Right to Education’ occupies prominence as educating a child can pave a safe journey for life of any child. Parents were conveyed to encourage their children to participate and even to teach how to take decision. A movie KOMAL based on the theme of Child Sexual Abuse was also screened. Finally, Bicholim Legal Aid Cell, Student in-charge, Ms.Tanvi Narvekar proposed the vote of thanks. 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Verem Free Legal Aid Cell conducts Awareness Program on Child Rights

A legal literacy programme on topic titled ‘Child Rights, Responsibilities and Protection’ was conducted by the Verem Legal Aid Cell in collaboration with child line at Verem Government Primary School on 10th December 2016 at 4.00 pm. The team members of child line present for the programme were Ms. Jessica Pereira, Ms. Soraya Borges and Ms. Pranita Kalangutkar. Prof. Andryusha Pinho faculty in - charge of Verem Free Legal aid Cell was also present.

The programme began with a floral welcome to all the team members of Child Line. Ms. Sorya Borges introduced the organization; the major achievement of the said organization was launching of the Country’s first Toll- Free Tele- helpline for street children in distress. The main issues that they deal with are Missing Children; Abused Children; Runaway Children and Needy Children.

Later all the children present were requested to Dial 1098 from their mobile phones as a demo to affirm the functioning of the help line. She highlighted to the people that 1098 is a 24 hours National Toll free Helpline number which provides free services to children in need of care and protection. The team member informed the children that the organization is spread throughout the country and that every State has a child line Centre. They also shared the address of their office situated in Goa i.e Panaji in Caritas Home near SBI.

Ms. Pranita Kalangutkar explained to the children what child rights are and the basic rights of survival and development, participation and protection were explained in detail. They also highlighted the need that every child has to be educated and stressed on the fact that children below the age of 14 years cannot be engaged in any sort of monetary work. They also shared various cases that they handled on such issues and the aid provided to the needy by the organisation. The various kinds of abuse were also explained to the children and stress was laid on sexual abuse as it is on increase and how one needs to be aware and protect them from being abused.

For a more clear understanding on the topic of sexual abuse a short animated film was shown to the children. The Film educated the children to identify what is bad and good touch and also informed that they should always confide in their parents or any person whom they trust in case of any incident of abuse. The important point it highlighted was that being sexually abused by an adult is no fault on their side and therefore it has to be reported so that the culprit can be punished.

The programme was very informative to the children. The programme was compered by Ninoshka Dias whereas the vote of thanks was proposed by Dhanvanti Dhamankar.

Pernem Legal Aid Cell takes up Legal Literacy on Child Rights

In order to make Pernem locals vigilant about Child help line, a legal literacy programme on topic titled ‘Child line 1098’ was conducted by Pernem free legal aid cell in association with Child line on 10th December, 2016. Child line members Mr. Hatshal Mandrekar, Ms. Vinita Gadekar along with Ms. Suzana Desouza were present. Other dignitary included Ms. Taramati Rao, Panch - Virnoda Panchyat. Prof. Suchita Timble, the faculty in – charge of the legal aid cell witnessed the programme.

The Program commenced around 3:30 pm with the welcome note by the student cell member Mr. Sahil Deshprabhu, followed by the lighting of the lamp. The cell in - charge Ms. Kirti Gawde briefed on the constitution and the pupose behind setting up of the Pernem Legal aid cell. Ms. Vinita Gadekar in her short introductory speech discussed the issues faced by children in Goa and the functioning of child line. Ms. Suzana Desouza enlightened everyone about the problems faced by children and the ways in which the parents / guardians should tackle them. She stressed on the aspect of parent-child bonding which is a fiduciary relationship and being sensitive must be carefully handled and also informed the locals as to when child line services can be availed of. As a demonstration, Mr. Hatshal screened the famous ‘Komal’ movie, where a minor girl of 9 years was exploited by her neighbour and protected by child line.

Concluding address was delivered Prof. Suchita Timble and finally, Deputy cell in charge Mr. Ugam Deulkar proposed the vote of thanks. 

Legal Literacy program @ Mandrem Free Legal Aid Cell

With an objective to educate the Mandrem residents about rights of children, the Mandrem free legal aid cell associated themselves with child line to hold a session on the said topic on 11th December 2016 . 

The faculty head of the cell Prof. Suchita Timble showed her presence for the programme. The formal programme commenced by according a welcome to the public and introducing the members of child line (Ms. Suzanna Dsouza and Ms. Pranita Kalangutkar) and the Panch members who showed their presence on the occasion.  This was followed by lighting of the auspicious lamp. Ms. Janhavi, the student in - charge of the Mandrem legal aid cell mentioned in brief about the role and functioning of their cell.

Introducing child line to the audience Ms. Pranita Kalangutkar expressed her grievance and concern for the children exploited in today’s era and urged the parents / guardians to maintain friendly relation with their wards. She stressed on the aspect that their children are more open to the ones who understand them well, hence parents / guardian have to carefully preserve the bond of love and trust with their children. Thus timely action can be taken against the culprit when their child is in turmoil.

Ms. Tara Hadfadkar, panch member also spoke on the importance of the topic. Few of the spectators present in the audience shared their personal experiences. The programme was compared by cell member Ms. Leesha kharbe and Ms. Maria proposed the vote of thanks. The programme ended by serving refreshments.  

Sodiem (Siolim Village Panchayat) Free Legal Aid Cell - Legal Literacy Program on Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women

The Sodiem - Siolim Free Legal Aid Cell organised a legal awareness program on Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women on 11th of December 2016 at Camurlim Panchayat Hall. The program was attended by almost 80 people mostly compromising of women aged between 17 yrs to 65 yrs and some men.

The chief guest and spokesperson for the program was Adv. Kirti Pokre. She is a practising advocate at Ponda and an alumnus of V. M. Salgaocar college of Law. Others present were Dr. K.S.Rao (Faculty in-charge of Siolim LAC) and Mrs. Kalpana Dalvi (Sarpanch, Camurlim Panchayat). All the cell members were present for the program. Ms. Neha welcomed the gathering and introduced the legal aid cell. Mr. Neehal Vernekar introduced the guest. 

Adv. Kirti Pokre spoke on the prevailing social environment in Goan society and the role of women in it. She also talked about what exactly constitutes an act of domestic violence. She explained the rights of women and the remedial measures available to them under the various legislations and authorities. There was a huge response for the program and all the queries of the crowd present were answered. 

Dr. K S Rao spoke about the services that the legal aid cell provides with and the various initiatives of our college such as the Consumer Clinic. 

The members of the cell also addressed the audience and informed them about the issues that have been brought to their notice by the public, and the measures they have taken towards finding a solution to them. The members called upon the public to approach them in case they have any legal queries. Student in-charge Ms. Anishka Volvoikar delivered the vote of thanks.  

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Goa Child Rights Commission collaborates with the Legal Aid Cells of V. M.Salgaocar College of Law - Campaign against Child Labour

Goa starts campaign in tourist belt against child labour

The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR), in joint collaboration with Goa Tourism and Legal Aid Cells of V.M. Salgaocar Law College here, will launch an extensive campaign ahead of the up-coming tourist season to discourage child labour in tourism, which thrives in the coastal belt during tourist season.

The programme, which was planned on World Anti-Child Labour Day on June 12, involves awareness through street plays by students, direct surveys and inspections of hotels and shacks with the help of Labour Commissioner’s staff.

Chairperson of GSCPCR Dr. Sushma Kirtani told The Hindu here on Friday, “To discourage tourists from purchasing products and services along coastal belt, which are linked to child labour, 200 tourist police will be specially deployed on the 106-km coastline.” She said that in Goa, the issue has assumed concern because a lot of children of migrant labourers coming from across the country are being used, especially in coastal belt, by small hotels, shacks, and even in massage parlours.

Dr. Kirtani, a paediatrician by profession, said that 250 million children in the age of 5-17 years are involved in labour in the country. Of these, 70 per cent are in agriculture.

Households, and tourism sector are hidden part of this segment, and hence difficult to assess. She said the campaign aims at discouraging tourists from abetting child labour.Goa’s tourism season begins in October and extends up to March.

A large number of migrant children are found selling imitation jewellery, juice and peanuts on Goa’s beach. Many children are used by some on the coast to give massages to tourists.

On its part, the Tourism Ministry will add to the existing 30-member strong Tourism Security Force (TSF) more personnel to curb the menace. Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told The Hindu , “TSF personnel will work under the Tourism Ministry, and once we have the additional force, we will completely control the practice of child labour.”  

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Research Project on STOP CHILD LABOUR - Brilliant Work by Mandrem Free Legal Aid Cell


With the motto of  ‘STOP CHILD LABOUR’, the members of Mandrem Free Legal Aid Cell comprising of Chhaya Mhamal, Janhavi Parsekar , Maria, Fernandes, Leesha Kharbe and          Brian Rodrigues undertook a research project on Eradication of child Labour In the shacks in Mandrem. Dr. B.S.Patil, who is also the faculty in charge of the Cell guided the students in this project.

Significance of the study: Child labour has been an international concern because it damages, spoils and destroys the future of children. The problem of child labour is a serious matter not only in India but also in other developing countries. Various legislations governing prohibition of child labour says that any child below the age of 14 years cannot be employed either in a factory or office or a restaurant. Child labour is the practice of having children engaged in economic activity on part or full time basis. The practice deprives the children of their childhood, and is harmful to their physical and mental development. It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially and morally dangerous and is harmful to children to work whose schedule interferes with their ability to attend regular school or work that affects in any way their ability to focus on school or experience healthy childhood.

Aim: To facilitate the Gram Sabha in passing a resolution that child labour is prohibited and convincing the owners of the shacks to put up a banner outside their shacks which read, “NO CHILD EMPLOYED HERE.” And carry on further inspection of the shacks to check compliance

Purpose served: (1) The tourists would know that there is no child employed in the shacks. (2) In case there is a child labour employed, the tourists as well as the customer can question the shack owner regarding the same.

Drafting the Resolution: The team approached the Panchayat Secretary, Mr. Francis Fernandes and sought information on the date of  Gram Sabha, wherein he informed it to be on 8th November 2015 . The students explained to him about the project wherein he guided them to draft an application about the problem and to submit it in the Panchayat taking inward on it. So, the team drafted an application addressed to the panchayat to pass a resolution in Gram Sabha for affixing banners on topic stop child labour in shacks, restaurants, shops and in all ward of Mandrem village.Accordingly, they went to the panchayat and submitted the application to the secretary and the panchayat clerk registered the problem to be taken in the gram sabha and gave an inward on the application.

Attending Gram Sabha: The team attended the gram sabha held on 8th November 2015 wherein they put forth the contents of their resolution which had been approved by the panchayat without any objections. The application was filed before the panchayat requesting the secretary and sarpanch, Mrs. Vaishali  Shirodkar,  to issue the copy of the resolution.

Follow up: After the resolution copy was provided the team  requested the secretary for a list of names of all the shacks, hotels and resorts in  Mandrem  and  Ashvem villages. The list which was so provided contained 64 numbers of resorts and shacks. The team also requested the Panchayat to provide us with a member to accompany them in their visits to the shacks. So the secretary sent Mr. Nikhil Mandrekar to accompany the team to inform all shacks about the resolution. The team approached the hotel and shack owners on 2nd February 2016 and gave them the information on prohibition of child labour and also informed them about the resolution, size of the banner and the material to be used. Some were very cooperative whereas some had problem with the size of the banner and material. Hence the students agreed with them to reduce the size of the banner and informed that they would further come for inspection on 22 February 2016.

When the team went for inspection on 22nd February 2016 they found that the response was very poor. Hence they decided to speak with the Prof. In charge, Dr. B. S Patil. He suggested that they should write an application to the Goa State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights. Accordingly the team wrote an application to the Goa State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and submitted it in their office at Panjim. They were told to call and find out whether an officer would be accompanying us or not. The team called them the following day at 3p.m. and they accepted our request to send an officer Audrey pinto to accompany them for the inspection on 29th February 2016.

Impact Assessment: On 29th the team went for an inspection with the Child Commission Officer Audrey pinto. They started with the inspection at 9 a.m. We found out that most of the shacks had displayed the banner and for those who had not displayed the banner, we gave them the last date i.e. 8 march 2016. The officer was successful in convincing the shacks to put up the banner who were not cooperative. On 8th March 2016 they again went for our last inspection of the shacks and resorts. Altogether they covered 64 shacks and resorts out of which 52 shacks and resorts   have put up the banner and 12 have not put up the banner. Some of them gave reasons of shutting down the shacks whereas some assured us that they will put up the banner in October month. Some completely refused to put up the banner and remaining confirmed that they would put up within few days.

Future Plan of Action: The team members plan an awareness campaign to to make all people aware about the prohibition of child labour and to cover all the shops and hotels in Mandrem and Ashvem village and inform them about the same.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Mapusa Free Legal Aid Cell embarks on a project on MRP - Overcharging Menace

The Mapusa Legal Aid Cell of Legal Aid Society, V.M. Salgaocar College of Law, Panjim Goa conducted a city wide survey with one motive, finding the true nature of the MRP overcharging menace. After conducting the survey on 23 January 2016, the members of Mapusa Legal Aid Cell found out that, there's a city wide blatant violation of Law. This isn't just restricted to Mapusa area but throughout Goa. The student Incharge, Abhishek Sawant had taken up the issue first. But as the survey showed it was state wide menace and not restricted to a particular city. In further research he cell members found that shop owners/hotels had right to charge extra such as cooling charges etc but they couldn't attach this cost directly to the goods, increasing the selling price than that of maximum retail price. MRP is determined actually by taking all these factors into consideration but still shop owners and hotels are charging extra, This ranges from 5-10 rupees extra per bottle. After the cell collectively under the guidance of Prof Shruti Kamat Dalal collected all these bills of places at random all over Mapusa, places which were charging more than MRP on sale of water bottles and soft drinks. Mr Abhishek Sawant(Student Incharge) collaborating with the college consumer clinic and filed a complaint before District Consumer forum, North Goa under guidance of H.O.D. Prof Shabir Ali. Mapusa Legal Aid Cell has only one intention, ie to stop this practice in future. They've asked for 10,000/- payment to PM disaster relief funds receipt from each of the establishment, as a tap on the wrist. 

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Consumer Clinic - faculty and students

The Mapusa LAC members submitting the complaint copy to the VMSCL Consumer clinic. Prof. Naguesh Kolwalkar (Consumer Club Incharge), Prof. Dr. Shaber Ali (Consumer Clinic Director), Prof. Sandhya Ram (Consumer Clinic Associate Director) and Prof. Shruti Kamat Dalal (Faculty In – charge of Mapusa LAC).   


Translation of RTI Act to Konkani - An appreciable venture by Bandora Free Legal Aid Cell

This year as part of their legal aid activity, Bandora Free Legal Aid Cell of v.M.Salgaocar College of Law decide to translate RTI Act into Konkani. The free flow of information is a must for a democratic society as it helps the society to grow and to retain a continuous debate and discussion among the people. No democratic government can survive without accountability and the basic postulate of accountability that is the people should have information about the functioning of the government. The Right to Information Act, 2005 was passed for making the government transparent and more accountable; the effective use of it would, in a long run, curb corruption. But when Bandora Cell members researched in this respect they found that there was no translation of this Act in state language and it acted as a barrier in reaching out to more people. Hence the project to translate this important legislation into Konkani and thereby make it easily accessible to all and fill in the gaps as to the benefits of legislation reaching out to people of Goa. We are also working towards getting it published from Government of Goa. Members of Bandora Legal Aid Cell have translated this act with the help of language experts.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Valpoi Free Legal Aid Cell Submits Project Report on Mid-Day Meal Programme

Where there is a will, innovation pours in most naturally. Valpoi Free Legal Aid Cell of V.M.Salgaocar College of Law had shown this to be true through their genuine and whole hearted study on the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for school children in Sattari Taluka of North Goa District.

The Team
Student team comprising of Akshata Gauns,   Safira Shaikh, Pranav Vaze , Akshata Kale, Siddhi Manerkar, Naguesh Gaonkar, Rajdeep Thakur Dessai, Meesbah Beig and Mujahidin Shaikh   commenced the study in  2014 under the guidance of Prof. Shruti Kamat Dalal.

The team visited 10 schools in Sattari Taluka and studied the implementation and effectiveness of the Mid-day meal Programme of the Government of Goa. The team also ventured to study the condition of latrines in the schools in Sattari Taluka. Extensive survey was conducted for this purpose.

 The project had clear objectives namely,
1. Improving nutrition level of the children in the Primary schools.
2. Preventing classroom hunger.
3. To provide better latrine/ toilet facilities to children.
4. Facilitating overall healthy growth of children so that they do not fall sick and are able to better concentrate on studies.

The team came up with the following findings
     A)    Mid-Day Meal
Almost in all the schools pulav and pav bhaji is served on alternate days during recess hours. The food was hardly ever tasted / surveyed either by teachers of PTA members
Also it was found that most of the students are unhappy with the food served.
     B)     Latrines/Toilets 
The condition of toilets in schools of Sattari Taluka was satisfactory in some schools where as poor in some schools.

Regarding Mid-Day Meal-  
 (i) Provide students with milk or fruits for their healthy growth.
(ii)  Inspection of food by the teachers.
(iii) Incentives to self help groups for maintenance of food.
Regarding Latrines/Toilets
(i)                 Proper latrines and toilets to be maintained
(ii)               Supply soaps and water adequately  

Preparation and Submission of Study Report
A detailed report of the study was prepared along with suggestions. The same was submitted to the Director of Education by the students accompanied by Dr.Naguesh Colvalkar, the Professor in charge of Valpoi Free Legal Aid Cell.

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Chorao Free Legal Aid Cell  of V.M.Salgaocar College of Law conducted a Consumer Rights awareness  programme on 20th March 2016 at primary school, Kerem, Chorao - Tiswadi Goa.

Adv. Vahida Elgar, the guest of the day, spoke on the topic of CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT 1986 and the procedures that need to be followed while filing complaint. Mrs. Arti Bandodkar, President of Mahila Mandal of Kerem and Karabhat, Adv. Namita Kucolkar, Shridhar Pai, Adv. Aruni Naique, and our cell faculty incharge Asst.Prof. Ashwini Naik attended the programme.

In the interactive session that followed, the audience asked a lot of questions, all of which were clarified by the speaker.

Around 70 people from Chorao Village attended the program.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Cyber Laws & Cyber Crimes - Awareness Drive by Mala Free Legal Aid Cell

With the sole objective of creating vigilance and awareness on cyber crimes, The Mala Legal Aid Cell of V. M. Salgaocar College of Law under the guidance of Prof. Shruti Kamat Dalal took an initiative of organizing a Programme on 19th March on topic ‘Cyber Laws and Cyber Crimes for students from various colleges across the state of Goa.  The Key note speaker of the session was Adv. Yulette Coutinho.

The Speaker notified the fact of rise in cyber crimes at an alarming rate not only in India but also across the globe. She gave various instances wherein the common man have been virtually assaulted by cyber criminals or most commonly known as the hackers. Various methods of hacking and cheating in the virtual world were explained; instances such as the recent ATM fraud which occurred at multiple ATM’s in Goa were discussed.
She spoke about the possible threats one may encounter over the internet and also how to tackle them. She also described various steps to be taken while surfing on the net. specific precautionary measures netizen is required to follow such as, how to secure oneself on the world wide web i.e. not disclosing personal information online, being vigilant and cautious while talking to new people/ strangers, securing ATM pins and other passwords, how to differentiate between the genuine and a fraudulent web page etc.

Information like procedure of filing a complaint and the location of the Cyber Crime Cell was communicated to the students. The session was informative and interactive.
The compere for the programme was Mr.Siddharth Sardesai. Mr.Rohit Shirodkar welcomed the guest with a floral bouquet. Ms Ketaki Deshpande introduced the guest and gave a brief report on the working of legal aid cells.
Mr. Sufiyan Sayed then presented the guest with a memento and Mr. Aniroodh Sardesai proposed Vote of Thanks.

We all live in the world of technology where any person can be targeted in a blink of an eye. The members of Mala Legal Aid Cell thought it proper to caution the most susceptible section of society i.e. student community who are more vulnerable to such crimes.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

On the Rights of Women - PERNEM LEGAL AID CELL

Pernem Free Legal Aid Cell of V.M.Salgaocar College of Law organised a legal literacy programme on Rights of Women on on 16th March 2016 at village Panchayat Hall of Virnoda Village Panchayat, Pernem Goa.
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The Chief Guest of the programme was P.I. Mr. Ninad Deulkar. The Guest of Honour was Adv. Sameer Sawal Desai. Other Guests were the Dy.Sarpanch of the Village Panchayat Ms. Mayusha Chari and faculty In charge of Pernem Legal Aid Cell Asst.Prof. Bhakti Naik.
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Miss. Anuka Khanodkar,compered the programme. Miss. Varsha Redkar, Dy.Incharge of cell gave an introduction of the cell and its functioning. Introduction of the guests was done by Miss. Priyanka Desai. Prof. Bhakti Naik, spoke about women’s right in general and made people aware about Women’s Day celebrated worldwide.
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The Guest Speaker, Adv. Sameer Sawal Desai spoke on Domestic Violence Act, 2005. He explained the content of the act and explained how it is helpful for women who are being harassed by their husband and in-laws. He also explained it by giving live examples. He even spoke on the topic of registration of birth and death. He made awareness about importance of registration of birth and death and also explained the disadvantages of not registering.
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The Chief Guest of the programme P.I. Mr. Ninad Deulkar spoke about women rights in general when she goes to file a complaint at the police station and when she is arrested for any offence. He even advised women not to feel hesitated to file a complaint. He even explained the procedure of filing a complaint. He also spoke about the side effect of social media on children’s and how their parents can protect their children from such side effects. He also shared some additional information about the counseling done at police station and told  about the helpline number available for women i.e. 1098.
The deputy Sarpanch of the Village Miss. Mayusha Chari spoke about the present position of women in society and the crimes happening and she advised daughter in-laws and mother in-laws to treat each other with respect and care.
After the talk, refreshments were served and then an interactive session was conducted where in people could ask questions to the Guest. Many from audience asked few questions and cleared their doubts.
Miss. Diksha Arondekar, student in charge of the cell gave vote of thanks.