Sisters involved in education ministries in the Bangalore Province, India, came together on April 5, 2019, at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, Bangalore for a three-day long meeting. They engaged in conversations around “Understanding our constitutional rights and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses Act”, 2012 [POCSO] with Rev. Fr. Philomin Raj SJ, an advocate as the resource person.
The 27 participants included three lay staff from our institutions. Father Philomin in great detail explained the fundamental rights and the violation of fundamental rights in the current scenario. Enumerating the purpose of Constitutional rights as to uphold the dignity of every citizen of the country, he cited appropriate examples that did not serve this purpose. One of his sessions also included the current socio, political and economic trends of the country. It was a highly educative session for all to know the procedure of handling a case under the POCSO Act, from the time of filing of the report until the verdict is pronounced.
In the second session on April 6, Sister Amrita Manjaly, the provincial, addressed the Sisters with an insightful message on the need to bring creativity, newness, enthusiasm, and freshness in our institutions, among children, staff, and parents. The technical session that followed was dedicated to the study and revision of service conditions of teaching and non-teaching staff of our institutions. For all present, young and the elderly, this was a highly motivated session as we strove to consolidate the aspects of justice already present in the existing book that had been compiled by Sister Ann Palatty in the year 2009. The SCN educators zeroed in on three goals of the strategic plan to be implemented for the academic year 2019 – 2020.
Prasanthi Mandapatti, SCN