Youth groups join church bodies in solidarity with rape victims

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKALYANI, (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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmong 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmong the speakers were Saguna Panchayat Council Member Mrs Meera and local leader Mr Sukumar Roy, both parishioners.

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.

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One response to “Youth groups join church bodies in solidarity with rape victims

  1. The “ wind “ seems to be blowing in Kalyani and the organization of this demo of solidarity for rape victims is a clear proof of that.
    The prophets of old and indeed Jesus , had mainly three messages
    1. Worship: Give adoration and reverence to the One God and to Him alone 2. JUSTICE .Uplift ofr the downtrodden – orphans, widows, the poor and lowly 3, Holiness of life on the personal level.
    The second point – JUSTICE – is what is demonstrated here by the youth and youth leaders of Kalyani . This is prophetic
    A deepening of the understanding of MAN/WOMAN especially through study of Scriptures will further empower the youth and carry this movement forward.It should not stop here with this rally..

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