Law College Dehradun organized a National Seminar on ‘Gender Sensitization with reference to the Rights of Women and Children’ on 27th March, 2019. The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker of the event was Ms. Sheela Barse, Human Rights Activist and Journalist. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. (Dr.) N. K. Joshi presided as the Chief Guest of the occasion and felicitated the guest with a memento. The program commenced with the usual ritual of Lamp Lighting Ceremony by the dignitaries followed by the recital of the University Kulgeet.
Principal & Dean Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna started the event with his Inaugural Address wherein he welcomed the guests & participants and delivered a brief introduction on the Keynote Speaker of the day. Speaking about the Keynote Speaker he stated that Ms. Sheela Barse is one of the renowned Human Rights Activist and an Investigative Journalist. She is one of the pioneers of Public Interest Litigation in India and has brought various revolutions through her Writ Petitions. She is always striving for the betterment of society, fighting off varied malice that prevails in our society. She played a prominent role in forbidding detention of delinquent children in jails and played a prominent role in changing National Laws pertaining to enslavement of children in flesh trade. She is the voice of the homeless, the weak and the people lacking voice to fight for their right. She has served as a Member of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Advisory Committee. Ms. Sheela is the recipient of ‘Journalism for Human Rights India Today – PUCL Award’ for Outstanding Woman Journalist and ‘SPANDAN Indus Business Academy Award 2015’.
Ms. Sheela Barse in her discourse imparted knowledge on Human Right Activism and shared various experiences that she had earned as an Activist and a Journalist. She has dealt with the Rights of Children which is very much present as the biggest organized crimes that prevail in our nation and even at international level. She also discussed the various roles played by a woman in her lifetime and the various aspects of Child Rights. Her approach to Law was not as a ‘finite frame’ but as an ‘advocacy tilt’. She also insisted that people should know the value of citizenship and practice it with courage and conviction to protect the fragile being who is yet to learn how to protect themselves. It is very crucial to protect the dignity and innocence of a child as today’s competitive push has curbed the freedom and joy of a child leading to lack of self-esteem. It is our responsibility to educate the child on their roots & values and help them identify themselves. Her lecture also emphasised on ‘Intergenerational equity’ as being the need of the hour. The session ended with a Question-Answer Session, wherein the students showed their curiosity on topics like child labour, role of academics in shaping a child, and the like. Ms. Sheela Barse enlightened the students with her epitome answers.
The National Seminar on “Gender Sensitization with reference to the Rights of Women and Children” proved to be interesting and thought provoking for the audience. It was witnessed by more than 150 students of different faculties from various colleges.