Bangalore: Zero tolerance against child abuse, says Archbishop Moras

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Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Sep 2: Zero tolerance against child abuse in any form must be the policy towards children studying in all schools and institutions, said Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Bernard Moras.

He was speaking at the two-day workshop jointly organised by the Karnataka Regional Organisation for Social Service (KROSS) and the Karnataka Regional Commission for Education (KRCE) on promotion and protection of child rights and good governance in Christian Institutions, which concluded in Bangalore on Tuesday.

The Archbishop dwelt on length on Sexual Harassment and said transfer of the persons accused of child abuse was not the solution and felt.

The offenders must be given strict punishment and the perpetrators should not be spared at any cost, the Archbishop said.

Mangalore MLA J R Lobo, who spoke on the Right to Education Act, which considerably affects the Minority Schools and assured that he would take up with the Government for bringing in changes that would safeguard the interest of minorities.

He said a delegation needs to be taken to the Government to convince on the issues affecting the community and institutions..

The Workshop was facilitated by Robinson D’souza, former Law Secretary to the Government of Karnataka who explained threadbare to the participants the nuances of the Sexual Harassment Act, labour laws, POCSO Act, JJ Act and Child Rights.

The other speakers were Vincent Concesso, former Assistant Labour Commissioner, FrEdward, sdb and FrPramod.

Fr Peter Brank, Director, KROSS, briefed on the need of the Workshop and how it needs to be carried forward so that the Management and the Staff are educated on the various Acts.

The participants, who had come from all over Karnataka, appreciated the workshop and termed it as excellent.

Fr Eugene Lobo, Secretary, KRCE, welcomed. Fr Valerian Sequeira, Joint Secretary, KRCE proposed the vote of thanks.Sr Nancy Lobo compered the programme.


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  • Eugene Mangalore, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Our beloved Archbishop has spoken the real truth. This worksop is the awareness programme to make people understand the problems and difficulties of each institution. We n schools feel our minority rights have been denied. The Provident Fund is a burden. In this context I appreciate the KROSS and KRCE for enlightening all with the help of Stalwarts like Mr Robinson D,Souze, Mr Vincent Concessao, Fr Edward and others. We Christians have to join together to serve our community.

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    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Bernard Moras from Our place..we are very proud bcz he is out spoken and always pro poor we are proud of him.

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  • Peter, Bangalore, Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Thanks to Daijiworld for the news coverage. It is very appropriate that the teaching and non teaching fraternity know the rights of the children and their duties. Ignorance of law is not an excuse. Hats of to KROSS and KRCe for organizing such a good workshop to enlighten the concerned. All the Education Societies and their Managements need to organize such awareness camps and trainings

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  • Arun Fernandes, Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Dear Rev. Fr. Peter,
    Congratulations on your initiative on taking up this grave issue threatening young minds in schools, where safety of children is of utmost importance.
    At the same time, on the onset of young boys in their teens becoming rapists at such a tender age, I hereby request you to initiate/organise workshops for children from the age group of 13-18 to counsel them on rape, implications of the law and the consequences affecting their future.
    Arun Fernandes
    Gen.Secy - F.K.C.A

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  • Joyce Pereira, Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Congratulations to KRCE & KROSS for origanising the workshop. As the parents and children are really disturbed by the recent incidents, the initiative from Archbishop, KRCE & KROSS may lead to some policy changes. This will bring sigh of relief.

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  • Nancy, Magundi

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Congrats to KROSS and KRCE for organising this workshop on today's boiling issues. Awareness on these Policies and Acts should be given time to time to all the Heads of the Institutions. I do agree with Archbishop Dr. Bernard Moras, the child abusers should be severely punished.

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  • Clement Fernandes, Sunkeri/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    KROSS & KRCE has done a commendable job in having this workshop for institution heads from all over Karnataka. It is high time that sex education is introduced in schools and little toddlers right from UKG/KG should be made aware of good and bad touch.
    A word of appreciation to Fr. Peter Brank, Director, KROSS and Fr. Eugene Lobo, Secretary, KRCE for conducting this Workshop which has left a an imprint on the minds of the participants.

    Clement Fernandes.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Indeed several others including me join the chorus of Archbishop Bernard Moras. Any crime against a child should be severely dealt with by The Law Enforcement Branch of The Police Department.

    These crimes are on the increase and in the face of the prevailing situation the nation should rise against any kind of a crime against children bearing in mind that these children are our future hope.

    Kudos to you Archbishop Bernard on your thought provoking statement.

    Joe Gonsalves

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    Wed, Sep 03 2014

    Rightly said by Archbishop Moras sir. School children are not safe and the crimes are increasing day by day as the police, law and the government are least bothered in punishing the culprits. The children should be encouraged by parents as well as teachers to share any kind of abuse faced by them. Please teach your children on their safety tips. Sexual abuse of minor children should be dealt with severely.

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