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143 Slum Girls Rally for Security, Justice and Equality (Includes Video)

posted Oct 2, 2017, 7:45 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 10:53 AM ]

02-October-2017, Mumbai:
On the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized a rally on “Meri Suraksha, Mera Adhikar” (my safety is my right) – more than 350 girls from various slum pockets of Mumbai City participated in it.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) in his inaugural speech asked people to respect women as a human being and ensure their dignity, safety and security. He counted incidents where girls were molested and ill-treated and did not get support from family and administration. He upheld that a rally of this nature is of utmost importance. Right to live with dignity is a basic human right to which every girl is entitled.

DBDS has been active in the sector of women empowerment for several years organized this rally primarily with the aim of creating awareness on the issue of women safety in the society at large and also to communicate to police and other government sectors to put ‘Girl Safety’ as their top priority.

The rally began from the campus of Don Bosco (Matunga) going right round King Circle upto Sion Hospital and back again. Throughout the course of rally, the participants shouted slogans on safety and security and expressed their solidarity and commitment to make secure environment for girls in home and outside home. The program ended with delicious lunch for all and the vote of thanks proposed by Ms Surekha Pednekar (DBDS – Coordinator).

“I hope that my country one day becomes a safe place for all of the girls to live; and that the government / administration takes our safety as the top-priority”, said Miss Shubhangi Manchar (participant of the rally).