Mumbaiites express solidarity with abuse survivors, to submit memorandum to Maneka Gandhi
Members of Catholic community gathered at six locations across Mumbai for ‘Because we care’, an event organised by Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay to express its solidarity with the survivors of sexual abuse.
More than 1,000 people gathered for a prayer meet at each of the six locations followed by talks by religious heads and activists working in the field.
A signature campaign was also initiated for a memorandum that will be submitted to Maneka Gandhi, Union minister for women and child development.
“The event was organised to spread the message of peace amidst tense political situation in the country and in the wake of all rising rape cases. It was more about showing our support to those who have been victims of injustice,” said Andrew Fernandes, who attended the event at St Francis D Assisi High School, Borivli.
Fr Austin Norris, parish priest, St Vincent de Paul Church, Khar, said the talks were held with respect to the failing culture when it comes to protection of women and children.
“At the event, which I attended at Vile Parle, we took a pledge to protect women and children. We are shocked by the growing rate of heinous crimes in the society,” said Norris.