Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
The women’s commission in Assam has joined hands with their counterparts in Meghalaya to tackle trafficking and rape.
"Incidents of trafficking and rape are quite frequent in bordering areas like Mendipatthar. But a lot of cases go unreported, especially if the victims are minor which get settled by local panchayats,” said Angela Ingti of Meghalaya State Commission of Women (MSCW).
She said that the situation could improve if representatives of both the women commissions jointly work on these cases.
The observations were made at a meeting MSCW had with the Assam State Commission of Women in Guwahati on Friday.
Gamechi Timre P Marak, another MSCW member, said, "The problem we face in rape cases is that the tests on victims are not conducted within a specific time as the victims are not aware of the procedure and by the time the tests are done, the results are often negative.”
The Assam unit has decided to jointly visit border areas and district jails of both the states for conducting several awareness programmes.
Its chairperson Meera Baruah said, "We have already started the programme and conducted meetings with government bodies for finding a solution to the problem."
Source: Times of India
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