Awareness workshop organised by Department of Social Welfare
The provision for counselling in social legislations has to be prioritised over punitive action to prevent weakening of family system, according to speakers at a motivational awareness workshop organised by the Department of Social Welfare on the premises of the Tiruchi Multipurpose Social Service Society. They wanted the participants comprising police personnel, social workers and students to absorb the implications of social legislations and disseminate them in the society for a better understanding.
Escalation of family discord does not augur well for the country's growth, the Principal District Judge M.Chinnapandi said addressing the inaugural of the two-day workshop. He reiterated the views expressed earlier by the District Collector, Mahesan Kasirajan, and the Superintendent of Police, S.Nizamuddin that becoming aware of ones rights was of foremost importance.
Despite laws brought in by the Central and State governments for safeguarding rights of women and children, incidence of child marriage, dowry harassment, and neglect of aged parents were cause for concern. The Tamil Nadu government, he said, has taken a lead over many States in appointing Protection Officers. The complaints they register based on petitions forwarded by women affected by dowry harassment or domestic violence were equal to registration of First Information Report. At the outset, people have to be aware of their rights to know if their rights have been violated and to know who should be approached for redressing their grievances, he said, exuding confidence that the workshop would create the desired effect in the society.
Mr.Chinnapandi handed over the first copy of the handbook on legislations pertaining to the Social Welfare department and on government schemes to the Collector. The Collector saw a prominent role for Social Welfare Officers in carrying out preventive measures under the ambit of the social legislations. Mr.Nizamuddin assured to circulate the proceedings of the workshop to all police personnel in the district.
The inaugural session was followed by presentations on Child Marriage Prohibition Act by Thiagarajan, Coordinator, Childline Nodal Agency, Department of Social Work, Bishop Heber College, and on ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act by Martin, Advocate and human rights activist.