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Human Rights Front [HRF] and Odisha State Commission for Women jointly organized  one day district level sensitization program on women rights titled as Mahila Adhikar Sikshya Sibira[MASS] on 30th June 2012 at Hotel Royal Kalinga, Vyasanagar,Jajpur,Odisha.

The program started with an inaugural lecture followed by open discussion. The guest speakers were, Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Women Dr Jyoti Panigrahi and Member Mrs Sunanda Pati, Dr Dipak Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Jajpur, District Social Welfare Officer Mrs  Snehanjali Pattnaik, Vyasanagar Municipality chairperson Mrs.Bandita Parida and Dr Lalita Rout, Prinicipal, Indira Gandhi Womens College. The meeting was presided by Mr Manoj Jena, Chairperson, Human Rights Front.

The violence against women is increasing day by day in Odisha, the administration and judicial system fails to provide due justice to the tortured victims said Dr Panigrahi. She further stressed the justice delivery institutions should function proactive while dealing with such sensational cases. When women are already projected their leadership in various Panchayatiraj institutions after getting fifty percentage of reservation then why the same reservation status will not be provided in assembly and parliament she lamented

Women education and sensitization, proper implementation of poverty alleviation programmes, economy independence etc. are the key factors for materializing women rights said Dr Dipak Kumar. Trafficking and Sexual Abuses are the heinous crime against women that the society should introspect while becoming a developed State he stressed. He also made the participants understand about various laws related to women rights like reproductive rights, domestic violence act, dowery prohibition act,  property rights, SC & ST atrocity act etc. that safeguarding the rights of women.

In the beginning Mr Manoj Jena briefed about the objectives of such kinds of sibira and said ten districts will be covered under this pilot project. The main motto is to access the various human rights institutions like women commission to the underprivileged people of the rural and backward areas so that they can avail justice easily which will help to minimize the violence against women as well as aware about their basic rights.

On this occasion few women leaders and advocate of women cause were felicitated by the guests. More than three hundreds women leaders of different categories of all ten blocks and two municipalities of the districts were participated in the program. The program was coordinated by key leaders of both Jajpur Ekta Manch and Human Rights Front like Mr Akshya Jena, Mrs Surekha Malik, Mr. Gayadhar Malik, Mr Rabindra Rout and Mr Sandip Mohanty.

Bonded Labour Sensitization Program for Govt.Functionaries

The secretary of Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Mr Raj Kishore Choudhury asked the district administration of Bolangir to be more pro-active in checking practice of bonded labour while observing that media has played a key role in the direction.

Mr Choudhury, who was here to attend a day-long sensitization and training programme on bonded labour, lamented that such abominable practices bring a bad name to the state in general and district in particular. Critical of the alleged ineptness and inefficiency of the administration to tackle the matter, he pointed out that the district administration has not yet conducted a single review meeting of the vigilance committee on bonded labour nor has registered a single case. “The district administration needs to be more sensitive and sincere in the issue,” he said.

Attending the programme organised by well-known outfit Human Right Front (HRF) in association with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bolangir SP Mr R Prakash admitted to the prevalence of bonded labour practice while noting that there are certain practical problems dealing with the matter.

Mr Prakash, while admitting that thousands of unaccounted labourers move to different parts of the country in an unregistered manner, pointed out that most of them are not provided with work pass-book though it has been made mandatory as per the Interstate Migration Act. “Police often fail to pinpoint the position of the labourers as they are hardly registered and fail to prevent their exploitation by unscrupulous elements,” he said.SP Mr Prakash also noted that the children are the worst sufferers of the practice as their education is neglected.

“Apart from stringent implementation of the guidelines, stress may also be laid on creating massive public awareness on the issue. Police should be immediately intimated of any violation so that prompt action may be taken,” he said.

Well-known human rights activist Mr Baghambar Pattnaik and chairperson of HRF Mr Manoj Jena along with senior civil and police officials attended the programme.