Invitation- Know Whats wrong with Clinical Establishment Act in context of Maharashtra


Consultation on the proposed Clinical Establishment Act in context of Maharashtra on 12th of March, 2013 at 3 pm at College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines

 

 

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) is the Indian circle of the People’s Health Movement, a worldwide movement to establish health and equitable development as top priorities through comprehensive primary health care and action on the social determinants of health. The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan coalition consists of several hundred organisations as well as a large number of individuals that have endorsed the Indian People’s Health Charter adopted in the year 2000.

 

State government is moving to adopt the National Clinical Establishments Act in its existing form in Maharashtra.  While the National Act in its existing form has certain positive provisions, its implementation is likely to remain quite inadequate, since it does not specify any dedicated regulatory framework to ensure implementation of provisions, the manner of regulation is not participatory or accountable (opening the likelihood of totally bureaucratic regulation without much scope for civil society organizations to promote interests of patients), and there is no mention of patients rights.

 

The Mumbai Chapter of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan is organizing a consultation on the proposed Clinical Establishment Act in context of Maharashtra. The Consultation will be held on the 12th of March, 2013 between 3 pm and 6 pm at College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines.

 

There is significant interest among civil society organisations regarding this act, since there is an urgent need to regulate the current private medical sector. There is need to build awareness in society about the significance of this act, especially  given certain amount of resistance and misinformation from sections of the private medical profession regarding the act. 

 

This consultation is aimed at developing a clear understanding about the proposed Act and its implications on people’s 

access to quality health care.

 

A panel comprising of an advocate, a representative from JSA and the President of Indian Medical Association, Mumbai  will be addressing the participants at the consultation.

 

You are requested to kindly attend the consultation.

 

for more information contact- Leni Chaudhuri-9820639762, Kamayani Bali Mahabal - 9820749204

 

 

 

University of Lucknow- Stop Casteism! Stop Discrimination!


December 5, 2012

caste system 300x121 University of Lucknow  Stop Casteism! Stop Discrimination!The following article was written bySeema Chandra, a student activist of Lucknow University, over an incident of caste discrimination suffered by her younger sister and college mate – Garima Chandra. Instead of acting on it, the University has only ended up legitimizing it by not only doing nothing against the errant students, but actually practising it themselves.

After nearly a month of the incident, fed up over the inaction of the University, Seema and Garima with support from their college mates, activists and few faculty staff will be protesting on 7th December against the incident and the University’s failure to respond. To know more about the protest or to send solidarity messages to Garima and protest mails to the University, please contact Seema directly at ceema.chandra@gmail.com (with copy tonewsocialist.in@gmail.com). Seema can also be reached at 8765829986. To generate more support for this campaign, please do consider signing this petition

New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) is in complete solidarity with Garima Chandra and we demand that the University of Lucknow take immediate action and see to it that such incidents are not repeated in the future. Such incidents are not rare occurrences, but are practised daily in several colleges and Universities across the country.

Capitalism, instead of eliminating casteism, has ended up accentuating caste based practices and is linked to the social structure of Indian society which is controlled mainly by upper caste-class. As long as Capitalism and landlordism exist in India, casteism shall be an inherent part of its socio-economic structure and this system of divide and rule will only continue.

Editors
Socialism.in

“Please do not make me pay the price…!!”

Now “understand what comes by birth and cannot be cast off by dying is caste”. Wiping off the tears and in the loudest of her voice she says “where is my fault..? Is it a crime to be a Scheduled Caste? I wish if god would have asked me once the choice to choose the caste!”

This is what exactly happened on 5th of November in Social Work department of Lucknow University, when Garima Chandra (a student of the same department) was harassed by her three female classmates on the grounds of her caste and had to endure the mental trauma.

When the matter was reported to the coordinator of the Social Work department, the coordinator in his least bothering tone said “…please whatever you people have to do, do it outside the department.” The members of the Proctorial board were informed in writing about the same incident, they laughed off and said “You people should make yourself flexible. All these things have been carried out from generations and Scheduled Caste people will have to tolerate with all this”. The same matter was reported once again on 7th November 2012 to the Proctor board.

The matter was further taken up to the Vice Chancellor of the Lucknow University. However the assurance was given that matter would be inquired and something would be done about it. It is almost a month, a committee was made to further look into the matter. When the committee was hearing into the matter, three of the female teachers made fun of the victim. They giggled over all this and said: people who are Daliths are in the habit of taking revenge over their caste. It is just a small issue do not make a hue and cry over it. If someone has said something, it is a daily routine, what is new in it? Be with it, do not oppose, compromise on it.

The victim was not even heard or made to put her opinion in front of the committee. Was it her caste that had made others laugh over it? Instead of understanding it is as a deep psychological wound, everyone else thinks it is can simply be patched up. God only knows what are the morals of these teachers. What is more shameful is that caste discrimination is being so openly practised in a secular institutions like a university.

Say no to Casteism!

The passing out batches in the Social Work department will be out in the field soon and practice the same. Even though we are living in a class based society, but caste is still a huge problem in India. Do these same people understand the mental wound one goes through in such cases? If University does not act soon, in the future we will only hear more such cases. Or maybe in the future it would become part of our lives to hear such incidents daily.

When such cases crop up, i wonder why constitutional protection against caste discrimination is totally ignored? Why do people forget that practising casteism is a prohibition under the Constitution and it’s a crime and offence as stated in Article 17? The need of hour is to raise and to reach out to more and more people irrespective of their backgrounds and support anti-casteism. Every institution should make sure that caste based practices are a thing of the past or else those institution or its faculty plus its students who practice casteism, should be held accountable and taken to task accordingly.

Seema Chandra

Lucknow

http://socialism.in/index.php/university-of-lucknow-stop-casteism-stop-discrimination/

News Clipping on Garima Chandra’s ordeal in University of Lucknow:

Job Opportunity- Social Scientists- Chennai #must share #Recruitment


 

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is a non-profit research organization and was established in 1988. MSSRF has all along been developing and following a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-women and pro-sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods through appropriate ecotechnology and knowledge empowerment. It carries out research and development in the variosu social  areas :http://www.mssrf.org/

Vacancy:  Social Scientist – Gender at Chennai
Job Code: PA800-TN-CHN-SS/G-05112012
Qualification and Experience: ü  Master’s degree in social sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Women’s studies, Social WorkRural Development, Rural Management  etc.)

ü  A minimum of three years’ experience in   implementing field level programmes and gender related work in agriculture and Natural Resource Management will be an added advantage.

ü  Working knowledge of Results-Based Management orientation and practices.

ü  Good analytical, writing and research skills

ü  Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with interdisciplinary team members and partners

Roles & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:: ü  Professional support in the collection and analysis of data on gender and social equity in relation to agricultural and sustainable rural development projects

ü  Undertake field visits based on the need to support the field teams for gender mainstreaming.

ü  Give support in  monitoring  the results from the field programmes across different sites of MSSRF

ü  Provide support to organize  workshops, trainings and meetings

ü  Assist in the preparation of reports on projects/workshops/trainings and meetings.

ü  Perform other related duties as required

ü  Participate in on going research projects

Remuneration : Minimum Gross Rs. 32,000/- per month
Mode of Application : Application should include full biodata providing complete academic record from SSLC, stating areas of specialization, academic achievement, nature and duration of experience, languages known, full address and telephone number of two most recent employers, last pay drawn, names and addresses of two referees who have close familiarity with the professional strength and character of the candidate, current address, recent photo, telephone and e-mail ID. Incomplete application will be rejected.  Application must clearly indicate ‘Social Scientist-Gender’ with Job code.
Please send application by post before the last date to: The General Manager
M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Third Cross Street, Institutional Area
Taramani, Chennai 600 113(or)  by email to:   admn@mssrf.res.in
Last date for application: November 30, 2012
Vacancy:  Social Scientist – Grassroots Institution Building at Chennai 
Job Code: PA800-TN-CHN-SS/GIB-05112012
Qualification and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture or  social sciences or Law (Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Women’s studies, Social Work,  Rural Development, Rural Management  etc
  • A minimum of five years’ hands on experience in working with community based groups and Institutions and capacity building initiatives.
  • Working knowledge on the legal compliances of registration and systems improvement in delivering different services to and by the institutions
  • Excellent communication and  group  facilitation skills
  • Good analytical, writing and research skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with interdisciplinary team members  and partners
Roles & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:: ü  Professional support in coordination of grassroots Institution building across the MSSRF field sites.

ü  Undertake field visits based on the need to support the field teams in facilitating institution building initiatives (governance, legal, audit and accounts etc)

ü  Give support in design and monitoring  the progress in the institution building initiatives across different sites of MSSRF

ü  Provide support to organize workshops trainings and meetings

ü  Assist in the preparation of project/workshop/training reports

ü  Perform other related duties as required

Remuneration : Minimum Gross Rs. 32,000/- per month
Mode of Application : Application should include full biodata providing complete academic record from SSLC, stating areas of specialization, academic achievement, nature and duration of experience, languages  known, full address and telephone number of two most recent employers, last pay drawn, names and addresses of two referees who have close familiarity with the professional strength and character of the candidate, current address, recent photo, telephone and e-mail ID. Incomplete application will be rejected.  Application must clearly indicate ‘Social Scientist- Grassroots Institution Building ’ with Job code
Please send application by post before the last date to: The General Manager,
M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Third Cross Street, Institutional Area
Taramani, Chennai 600 113   (or)  by email to:   admn@mssrf.res.in
Last date for application: November 30, 2012

Judge attacks forced marriage that put disabled woman ‘at risk’ #goodnews


 

A judge has said the forced marriage of a Muslim woman with learning difficulties should be annulled and condemned the “insulated” families who arrange them.

Daily Life: 3rd prize singles: Andrew Biraj, Bangladesh, Reuters. Overcrowded train approaches station, Dhaka, Bangladesh

An overcrowded train approaches station, Dhaka, Bangladesh Photo: Andrew Biraj, Bangladesh, Reuters
Martin Beckford

By , Home Affairs Editor, The Telegraph

5:00PM BST 16 Aug 2012

Mrs Justice Parker also criticised doctors and social workers for failing to raise the alarm when the woman was sent to Bangladesh to be married to a cousin, which allowed him to settle in England.

She said video of the wedding ceremony showed the bride was “almost comatose” and needed help to repeat vows she did not understand, while her relatives had made “false and misleading” statements about her condition.

And the judge brushed aside claims by the woman’s parents that having her marriage annulled would bring shame upon their family, in a case that was even considered at by the Government’s most senior lawyer, the Attorney General.

Mrs Justice Parker said that forcing marriage on someone who lacks mental capacity is a “gross interference” with their dignity and autonomy, particularly as it means having sex and possibly becoming pregnant without being able to consent.

Under the far-reaching powers of the Court of Protection, which can make life-or-death decisions on behalf of those deemed unable to understand them, the judge ruled that the woman’s foreign marriage should not be recognised as valid in England. She also declared it would be in the woman’s “best interests” for a nullity application to be issued.

“The communities where this is likely to happen also need to be told, loud and clear, that if a person, whether male or female, enters into a marriage when they do not have the capacity to understand what marriage is, its nature and duties, or its consequences, or to understand sexual relations, that that marriage may not be recognised, that sexual relations will constitute a criminal offence, and that the courts have the power to intervene.”

According to the recently published judgment, the woman – known only as DD to protect her identity – has a “very significant degree of learning disability” and needs help with almost all daily tasks.

In 2003 she married a cousin in Bangladesh and after two failed attempts he was granted a spousal visa in 2009, allowing him to move in with his wife at her family home in an English town.

“Eventually” the local authority found out about the situation and police obtained a Forced Marriage Protection order, leading to experts giving evidence on her capacity.

The judge said the council has “accepted its failures” while the woman’s GP had not raised concerns despite being asked on at least three occasions about “marriage and pregnancy”.

At a hearing in 2010 the judge ruled, “in the face of very strong resistance” from relatives, that DD lacked the capacity to marry or consent to sex and that it was unlawful for her husband to have intercourse with her.

Evidence was then considered as to whether or not the marriage should be annulled, leading to the latest ruling.

The judge said the woman lived in a “very traditional family” in a “close-knit community” that was not integrated with other Bengalis in the area.

“Her parents are very largely insulated from mainstream English society and are mistrustful of non-Bengalis. They do not communicate well in English: her mother understands and speaks almost none. They are devout Muslims.”

The judge said DD was a “loved and valued member of her family and that her parents are devoted to her”, and that in their culture it is seen as parents’ duty to arrange marriages and find spouses for disabled children.

Her mother, father and husband “begged” the judge not to quash the marriage as “there would be considerable stigma in Bangladesh for them”.

But Mrs Justice Parker insisted the bride “does not have even the most basic understanding of marriage” and she “rejected” her family’s account of how the wedding came about.

She said the union had “exposed her to great risk” and led to family tensions as well as conflict with social services who look after her.