04/26/2013, 00.00
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Caritas Delhi: End all violence to develop families and nation

Chetanalaya, a diocesan NGO linked to Caritas, is launching a campaign against the abuse of women and children, not forgetting the many men and boys who are victims of similar attacks. The Director: "Violence is a critical problem, it is essential enhance women." The work of thousands of women in the slums of New Delhi who have started small businesses, literacy courses and micro-credit banks.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - In order to develop and support the family, society and India must stop all forms of violence against women and children, as well as men and boys. This according to Fr. Augustine Savari Raj, director of Chetanalaya, an NGO in the Archdiocese of New Delhi linked to Caritas, which yesterday launched "Stop Rape", a campaign against violence on women and children. Speaking to AsiaNews, he says the initiative comes at a very sensitive moment for India, where cases of rapes and sexual assaults occupy the front pages of all the newspapers and are the focus of heated debate on the status of women in society.

"The continued abuses against women and children - says the priest - are a critical issue for India, as well as the violence of which men and boys are victims. All this must be stopped."

The launch coincided with the day dedicated to the thousands of women who, with the help of Chetanalaya, run support groups in the slums and resettlement colonies in which they live. Born in the '80s, but registered as a society of social service only in 1994, in recent years the diocesan NGO has trained nearly 1,200 women, who in turn have started small banks, microcredits, built houses and directed programs in literacy, which have benefited at least 20 thousand women. Thanks to these initiatives, a further 6 thousand women have opened small businesses, and 600 families were able to build a home.

"On this day - explains Fr. Savari Raj - we celebrate the joy and satisfaction of enhancing women. Chetanalaya builds leaders aware of their rights, their possibilities, with services available in every village, and who know how to deal with and find remedies for problems. This is how we can transform ourselves and the environment surrounding us. "

In launching the campaign "Stop Rape" at the Talkathora Stadium in New Delhi, the priest urged the thousands of women to study the laws that protect their rights and explain them to their community, friends and family. "I share the vision of APJ Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India - explains the director of Chetanalaya - when he said that 'it is essential to enhance the role of women because their value system leads to the development of a good family, a good society and a good nation '. "


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