Unique Bhai Dooj celebrations by NGO.

Karna Subarna Welfare Society Murshidabad, West Bengal celebrated Bhai Dooj, in a unique way. Showing concern and support to transgender community, specially the children being brought up by the transgenders; setting an example of True Human Values.

Sh. Matiur Rahaman, Secretary of the Society said: We Celebrated ” Bhai phonta” at Govt. Home Ananda Asharam with a transgender  Community. We distributed sweets and chocolates to 42 children’s to make a relationship of a brother and a sister among them.

Blankets & Other Diwali Gifts for Poor Children by Disha NGO.

Blankets were distributed to the underprivileged children by Disha a local NGO; in addition to other Diwali Gifts. These children are being prepared for admission to school and belong to parents working as care takers, gardeners, House maids and other supporting staff.

While Smt. Bindu Arora donated the Blankets, other gifts were donated by Smt. Jatinder Gulati. Dr. Monica Singh, HOD, Department of Social Work, Panjab University; Smt. Simrit Josan, President, Smt. Veena Jain and Sh. Charanpreet Singh; also participated in the celebrations.

The children were also told the story of Ramayana and the importance of Diwali. They were also told not to burst crackers and light up their homes with earthen Diyas. They were also made aware of the time between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm when crackers are allowed on Diwali Day.

‘Happy Fridges’ NGO – Let us not waste food!

While everyone is aware of the fact that food wastage is a common problem all over the world, only a few really do something substantial about it.

Feeding India, a Delhi based NGO, deserves a pat on their back for providing a stomach-full of meal to the poor and hungry in the city.

wasting food

Feeding India has been actively working towards finding an innovating solution to address the widespread hunger in our country. The NGO has set up 500 fridges across 100 cities in India to provide food to those who can’t afford it.

These fridges, called Happy Fridges, are a part of the NGO’s #FightFoodWaste campaign. They redistribute the food collected from public residences to the needy people. Those in need of the food can take it from the fridge free of cost. Similarly, people willing to donate food can put the food packets in the fridge after labeling them.

The Happy Fridge helps people to serve 1,500-20,000 meals a month. To make sure that this noble cause remains eco-friendly, the NGO prohibits people from keeping their food in a plastic container or polythenes.

wasting food

 

You can also donate on their site to help raise their funds and also volunteer to join their team which is in more than 65 cities in India.

The country is dealing with a serious problem of poverty and hunger that we need to combat and curb the problem soon. According to Food and Agricultural organisation’s, ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2018’ report,195.9 million people are undernourished in India.There are many NGOs who are giving their best to work towards these problems but as individuals, we should also keep in mind to not waste food and make India hunger free.

Sexual harassment at workplace explained

sexual harassment vishakha guidelines

Sexual harassment at workplace was not originally conceived as a separate offence in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The question drew first attention in India in 1997. The credit goes to the instrument of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which, itself, is a creation of judiciary. An NGO, called Vishakha, took a case of gangrape in Rajasthan to the Supreme Court challenging the Rajasthan High Court verdict.

While hearing the matter, the Supreme Court noted the lack of legal recourse against sexual harassment at workplace. The Supreme Court defined what would constitute sexual harassment at workplace and issued guidelines that were to have statutory value until a proper law was enacted by Parliament.

Before the Supreme Court set the law against sexual harassment at workplace in order, such cases were dealt under IPC Section 354 (outraging the modesty of women) and Section 509 (using a word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

In the concerned case, a Rajasthan government employee with the Women’s Development Project was gangraped for campaigning against and stopping child marriage. Powerful landlords of a village, not very far from Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, were accused of perpetrating the crime as they were enraged by the “guts” of a “lowly-born woman” who opposed marriage of a child of Gurjar family.

The incident took place in 1992. Both the trial court and the high court found the accused not guilty.

A group of activists, under Vishakha, moved the Supreme Court in 1997. And, sexual harassment at workplace got a definition in India. It took another 16 years for Parliament to replace the Vishakha guidelines with a law called, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

 

What is sexual harassment?

In simple words, sexual harassment at workplace is an act or a pattern of behaviour that compromises physical, emotional or financial safety and security of a woman worker. Legally speaking, sexual harassment includes such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour as:

a) physical contact and advances;
b) a demand or request for sexual favours;
c) sexually coloured remarks;
d) showing pornography;
e) any other unwelcome physical verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is also understood to have taken place if a victim has reasonable apprehension of facing humiliation, and health and safety problem at the place of her work.

If the employer or the co-workers by any action or words or gesture create a hostile environment for a woman worker, it amounts to sexual harassment.

The 2013 Act has also defined a quid pro quo arrangement undermining the consent of the aggrieved woman employee as sexual harassment. This is a significant clause as it removes the oft-referred defence by the accused that the act was consensual in exchange for some favour. The authority of the aggressor has been taken into account under this provision.

Under the law, physical contact between the aggressor and the victim is not required for the occurrence of sexual harassment. Verbal abuses, lewd jokes, sexual gestures, sharing of pornographic material, spreading rumours to tarnish reputation or any other act that creates a hostile work environment constitutes sexual harassment.

The law and the Vishakha guidelines don’t put a restriction of time period for lodging a complaint of sexual harassment.

A person found guilty of sexual harassment at workplace may be sent to prison for three years under modified IPC Section 354.

In cases of rape, the maximum punishment is decided in accordance of Section 376 – life imprisonment except when victim dies or is left in vegetative state.

NGO distributes Wheel chairs to the Disabled in Kashmir!

CEEOIndia in collaboration with Wheels for life, kick started distribution of Wheel Chair among Disable people in Jammu and Kashmir State. Shri Aga Syed Mehmood Al-Mosavi (Hon’ble, Member of Legislative Council, Jammu and Kashmir Government) inaugurated the function along with Priyanka Malhotra (Chairperson Wheels for Life) an Extension support to Ministry Of Social Justice and empowerment of Disable person across the India. Speaking on their occasion, Chief Guest assured that Government should involve all efforts to boost the caliber of people with multiple disabilities and they are part of our society only. The programme was attended by District Administration Budgam, Personnel from departments of central Government and other allied departments. Wheel chairs has been distributed among poor and disable people of Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal District. The organization will try to reach every disable across the country and stand for the rights of disable people.