KALYANI, (C.M. Paul) – Several youth and women’s organizations joined hands with church bodies in solidarity with rape victims all over India at a candle light procession held at Gayeshpur Check Post near Don Bosco Catholic Church at Kalyani, Thursday 3rd January 2013. The participation of 56 Salesian Sisters of Kolkata province visiting Kalyani and joining the procession was noteworthy.
The event jointly organized by Conference of Religious Kalyani unit along with Don Bosco Youth Services and Auxilium Youth Movement Kalyani was held from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
Over 300 people participated in lighting candles at the venue.
“It is not just for the 23 year old New Delhi rape victim who died last week that we held this rally, but for all rape victims… We need to create awareness among the public on the need to respect girls and women as our sisters and mothers,” said director of youth services and Headmistress of Auxilium Convent School Kalyani Sr Rosalia Tirkey who spearheaded the initiative for the candle light procession.
Among 13 participating groups at Kalyani rally were: ICYM – Indian Catholic Youth Movement; DBYAC – Don Bosco Youth Animation Centre; SMI – Sisters of Mary Immaculate; ASAHLAYAM – Don Bosco & Holy Family; FMA – Salesian Sisters Kolkata; AYM – Auxilium Youth Movement; CRI – Conference of Religious India; Children’s Parliament; Mothers’ Sodality; Women’s Self Help Group; All India Christiyo Parisheba; MC Brothers – Missionaries of Charity, and Don Bosco Catholic Church.
Representatives of participating organizations made short prayers for rape victims that they may get speedy justice and prayed for the welfare and protection of the girl child and women.
The one hour long programme consisted of prayers and speeches which were interspersed with patriotic and solidarity songs.
Besides leaders of participating organizations, some of the men who coordinated the event included Director of DB Youth Services Fr Raymond Tudu, compere Subir Roy, and parish youth Commissioner Mr Gavin.