An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church’s Executive Council members Fredrica Thompsett, left, Katie Sherrod and Tess Judge helped council members revise their norms for the triennium during council’s Oct. 15-18 meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service – New Brunswick, New Jersey] This may be the first meeting of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council since General Convention in July but, the members looked ahead to the 2015 convention and the 2016-2018 budget.Diocese of Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, chair of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission told the council that FFM “discussed at length the budget-building process.”During those discussions, the committee agreed that the process needs to be changed, even though a special task force on the structure of the church, that will begin meeting in 2013, will no doubt discuss budgeting issues. That task force is due to be named in early December. The task force will bring its recommendations to the 2015 meeting of General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2016-2018 budget process must begin during this triennium.The FFM budget-process subcommittee, Hollingsworth told the council, will include FFM members Susan Snook as chair, Tess Judge, Francisco Quinones, and the Rev. Canon John Floberg. They will also ask the chairs and vice chairs of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Mission and the convention’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to join the subcommittee, Hollingsworth said.He added that FFM would like Bishop Stacy Sauls, the church’s chief operating officer, and Treasurer Kurt Barnes to be on the subcommittee, and he asked Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Jennings to appoint representatives from the Standing Commissions on Structure and Constitution and Canons.Finally, the subcommittee will include, in Hollingsworth’s words, “outside resource people who can lend a fresh eye to this.”The subcommittee is expected to report to council’s Feb. 25-27 meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore.Saying “we’re well begun,” Jefferts Schori said during a press conference before the end of the meeting that she was “grateful that this council is forming itself around engagement with God’s mission. That really is the framework for all of the work we’re doing.”Jennings agreed and added that council’s visit to the Episcopal Church Center on Oct. 16 “set the groundwork for members of council and members of the DMFS staff to have productive and fruitful working relationships through this triennium”Other budget-related actionCouncil approved a slightly revised version of the 2013 budget for the Episcopal Church. Each meeting of General Convention passes a triennial budget but, council considers and approves the annual versions of that budget. The 2013 will be posted here soon. The 2013-2015 budget is here.The Episcopal Church’s triennial contribution to the work of the Anglican Communion Office got a boost of $104,000 when council corrected when Sauls told them he’d made a mistake during the 2013-2015 budgeting process that led to a reduction in the amount. “It was simply a mistake and I apologize for that,” he said.The presiding bishop told the council that when she was asked about what size of a communion contribution could be “tolerated” and said she replied that “to decrease it significantly is going to send a difficult message, and that I would hope that we would at least keep it even with what we had offered in this last triennium.”The Episcopal Church contributed $1.1 million during the 2010-2012 triennium. Council members agreed they would revisit the church’s contributions in 2014 and 2015.Jefferts Schori, Jennings, Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas and Josephine Hicks of North Carolina are due to participate in the Oct. 27-Nov. 7 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Auckland, New Zealand. The communion office’s budget will be approved during that meeting. Jennings said she was sure the Episcopal Church’s ACC members would be asked about the reduction.Jane Cosby, council member from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, urged the council to correct the mistake during this meeting because “it doesn’t feel good now in this room to hear that, and it’s not a good image out there, and it’s not a good base for them to make this trip.”In other action, council:* Discussed in a very brief executive session the Oct 17 announcement that Episcopal Church’s Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified to Jefferts Schori that South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence had abandoned the Episcopal Church “by an open renunciation of the discipline of the church.” Later that same day, the diocese announced that it had disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church after the board’s action. See ENS stories here and here.* Authorized a $785,000 line of credit to the Diocese of San Joaquin for 2013 to support the continuing diocese. Council has consistently supported the work of reorganizing the diocese since its former bishop and leadership tried in December 2007 to leave the Episcopal Church. Governance and Administration Chair Steve Hutchinson told council “there’s a special and very deep opportunity for mission and ministry and rebuilding of the church there.” He added that what he called “this partnership of trust and support” of the diocese “has been very critical to not just the folks in San Joaquin – that diocese and its future – but the legal process there continues to inform our strategic and legal positions in other litigation and hopefully shows a pattern of how, through that collegial and supportive relationship, the folks in other dioceses who are, have or will face those challenges can feel a sense of community with the whole church.”* Recommended that council meetings during 2013-2015 be scheduled primarily at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland, a frequent council meeting site in the past two triennia. The council also recommended that the October 2014 council meeting be four days long and that the remainder of its meetings during the 2013-2015 triennium run three days, with the potential of an early 2015 meeting being extended to four days. The decisions, Hutchinson said, will allow council to continue to meet face-to-face three times each year, as opposed to a suggestion in the 2013-20-15 budget that council have one “virtual” meeting each year. Jefferts Schori said that the council does not yet have the technology to conduct such a large meeting with online methods.* Re-elected member Martha Gardner to be the council’s liaison with the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada.* Elected the Rev. Brian Cole, Martha Gardner, Steve Hutchinson, John Johnson, the Rev. Canon Charles LaFond and Debbie Stokes the council’s executive committee* Elected Stephanie Cheney to be the council’s liaison with the governing body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Liza Anderson was elected deputy.The Oct. 15-18 meeting was at the Heldrich hotel and conference center in the Diocese of New Jersey. ENS coverage of the first day of the meeting is here. The second day’s coverage is here. Council spent the third day of the meeting on Oct. 17 in orientation sessions and in committee time.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a). The council is composed of 38 members, 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms, plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. About half of the members are new to the council with this meeting, having just been elected by General Convention and the provinces.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Executive Council, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Program Budget & Finance Featured Events Comments (1) Executive Council October 2012, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 18, 2012 October 20, 2012 at 4:36 am The modest increase in funding for the Anglican Communion Office, whether it came about as a “mistake” or whether it was cut at General Convention (as this earlier article from ENS makes clear: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2012/08/09/awareness-of-anglican-communion-radically-changed-in-a-decade/) is welcome news, especially for the way it indicates—one hopes—support for the Anglican Communion Office among members of the Executive Council.It’s worth noting, however (as ENS has in the past), that the level of funding in the 2009-2012 triennium was still less than half what the ACO assessed the Episcopal Church. So “restoring” funding in this case still means under-funding an important organization.Also, the Episcopal Church should be represented at the Anglican Consultative Council by one bishop, one priest, and one layperson. This article lists two bishops and one lay person. In the past, Gay Jennings has been the priest representative. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Total cost of PC ownership? Howard Lake | 24 June 2001 | News Donated computers and IT equipment are all very well, but what will they cost your charity in the long run? Donated computers and IT equipment are all very well, but what will they cost your charity in the long run? The US Software and Information Industry Association has published a short checklist for schools which are offered donated PCs.Read
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving is now accepting applications for the 2018 March Accelerator training programme.The Accelerator is a digital fundraising training and crowdfunding programme. It starts with one week of free training, with topics including:Crowdfunding 101Mapping your potential donor networkStorytelling and email appealsCreating SMART goalsParticipants are then entered into a crowdfunding campaign to put the theory into practice with the aim of raising at least £4,000 in three weeks. There will be match funding opportunities, “bonus prizes” and graduates of the programme will become full GlobalGiving partners.Open to nonprofits around the worldThe GlobalGiving Accelerator programme is open to nonprofits around the world, provided they are registered. GlobalGiving will provide support to organisations accepted onto the programme as they reach out to their networks and tell their story.Donors can give in US$ or £, meaning that organisations can appeal to supporters in the USA, the UK, and beyond.Applications should be received by 1 February 2018.If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the GlobalGiving team, you can contact Catrin Cooper. Advertisement 110 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: crowdfunding matched giving Training 109 total views, 3 views today Howard Lake | 9 January 2018 | News GlobalGiving opens applications for its 2018 Accelerator training programme About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
March 2 — As this is written, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a pandemic reaching around the world, almost entirely in the Northern Hemisphere.The U.S., with 99 reported cases and six deaths, ranks 11th on the list of countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases. The number of newly infected people reported in the U.S. is now 24 and climbing. On March 1, medical staff wave to a former patient who recovered from coronavirus at the Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China.China, where the outbreak began, is still the hardest hit country with a total of over 80,000 cases and 2,912 fatalities. With four times the population of the U.S., China has taken drastic measures to slow the spread of the disease. As of March 2 the National Health Commission reported only six new cases outside Hubei, where the outbreak started. Other countries already hit much harder than the U.S. include South Korea and Iran.So far, the death rate of this new disease comes to about one in every 40 people infected.Why the U.S. nonresponse to the epidemic?Given the speed with which these statistics have been compiled by the relevant health authorities, is there any reason why the U.S. government should not be in high gear preparing to deal with the spread of COVIN-19 here?But just the opposite is happening. Anyone with an ounce of common sense must have been appalled when President Donald Trump, at a rally in South Carolina on Feb. 28, called the coronavirus a “new hoax” by Democrats to defame him. This made it clear that if people in government agencies are feeling pressure to release resources to fight the virus, they will have to challenge the White House.Trump’s “know nothing” attitude toward the virus isn’t just stupidity. It’s an attempt to sidestep the consequences of not preparing for an outbreak in the U.S. that medical scientists have been predicting for months and that has already begun.Stock market affectedTriggered by the news of COVIN-19 deaths here, U.S. stock markets took a dive on March 28. The Dow Jones dropped by 938 points — its biggest one-day decline since 2009. This certainly got the attention of Washington. But at this point, the Trump administration is much more focused on shoring up the stock market than on protecting the population from COVIN-19. Government intervention is expected to translate into the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates to stimulate “growth.” How will that help people without health insurance who get sick? Who will pay their bills? Or instead will they be stuck with huge debts? A majority of U.S. workers are struggling with multiple financial stresses and don’t have enough cash to cover a $500 emergency. Some health authorities are telling workers to stay home if they feel sick, but nearly half get no paid sick leave. No provisions have been made to compensate sick workers who stay home in order to avoid spreading the disease. This includes health care workers, who are much more likely to be sickened by the virus. Workers who have jobs where they can telecommute or perform home care won’t be penalized. But a huge percentage of workers can’t do their jobs at home, including fast food and hotel workers or cabbies and truck drivers, all of whom are notoriously underpaid. What China did about itAll this contrasts sharply with China’s reaction to the spread of COVID-19 there. Measures were quickly taken to compensate for the lack of income caused by the quarantine of whole geographical areas. Debt payments were suspended by government decree. Would Washington ever take such a step? The bankers and other creditors would scream bloody murder.The Chinese government also built 16 brand-new hospitals to treat patients. No one is turned away for lack of insurance or money to pay the bills.While China has in recent decades allowed some capitalist ownership, its basic infrastructure is state-owned, and policy is set by the 90-million member Communist Party. Its national health care system covered 90 percent of the population in 2019.After decades of foreign domination that drained its wealth and stifled growth, China’s recent rapid economic and social development is due entirely to its great revolution that culminated in 1949. Workers and peasants who had fought the landlords and capitalist bosses eventually were able to take the power and embark on the enormous task of lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty while laying the basis for socialist development.As young people in the U.S. yearn for an end to capitalist exploitation and war, they are looking ever more closely at how to achieve socialism here. The spread of COVID-19 will only deepen the need to make revolutionary social change. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Eswatini Organisation Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Receive email alerts EswatiniAfrica News Help by sharing this information June 15, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa EswatiniAfrica June 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders wrote to Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini yesterday voicing outrage at the fact that he accused Swaziland’s newspaper columnists of trying to tarnish the country’s image at the behest of foreign interests and suggested that newspapers should be required by law to obtain the government’s permission before publishing any column.“Conspiracy theory is an old refrain in the simplistic rhetoric of governments with little inclination to respect basic freedoms, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard wrote. “Putting more obstacles in the path of journalists will only have a negative effect. Adopting such a law would bring shame on Swaziland and tarnish its image much more than any critical newspaper column.”The letter added: “We urge you to promote press freedom and free speech and to abandon any plans for a repressive media law. By putting an end to the current harassment of the media and relaxing the climate for journalists, you will help Swaziland advance resolutely towards modernity.”In a recent address to parliament, the prime minister said he would like to see it adopt a press law that would force columnists to obtain prior permission from the authorities before any column appeared. “By making government approval a condition for the publication of newspaper articles, you would stifle all freedom of expression and strip journalism of its very essence,” the Reporters Without Borders letter said.Although Swaziland’s constitution guarantees press freedom, the country’s media are subject to a great deal of harassment. The authorities often tell journalists how to behave. On 21 July, King Mswati’s brother threatened critical journalists with violence. Two columnists, Mfomfo Nkambule of the Times of Swaziland and Mario Masuku of the Times Sunday, were forced to abandon their columns last year under government pressure. The state-owned press only publishes information that has been checked and approved by the information ministry. Independent newspapers have enormous difficulty in gaining access to official information. Self-censorship is widespread and criticism almost unthinkable.For all these reasons, Swaziland is ranked 155th out of 178 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 20 October. King Mswati III has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of press freedom,” for several years. More information News October 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to prime minister about threats to columnists Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further
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Top Stories”We Must Ensure That There Is Equitable Distribution Of COVID19 Vaccine”: Justice Indira Banerjee Mehal Jain13 Dec 2020 7:40 AMShare This – x”We must ensure that there is equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine, that the benefits of the vaccine are not just confined to the affluent countries but also extended to the less-developed in the underdeveloped countries”, Justice Indira Banerjee expressed on Friday.The Supreme Court judge was speaking at a webinar on “World Human Rights Day” organised by St. Thomas College of Law…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”We must ensure that there is equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine, that the benefits of the vaccine are not just confined to the affluent countries but also extended to the less-developed in the underdeveloped countries”, Justice Indira Banerjee expressed on Friday.The Supreme Court judge was speaking at a webinar on “World Human Rights Day” organised by St. Thomas College of Law and INDIA LEGAL on “STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, THE NEED OF GLOBAL SOLIDARITY””For the COVID problem to be controlled, it will also have to be tackled unitedly, not by any one country alone. As regards the development of the vaccine, there is the Oxford vaccine, there is a Russian vaccine, then Pfizer is also working on one. So different countries are working towards it. We must ensure that there is equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine, that the benefits of the vaccine are not just confined to the affluent countries but also for the less-developed in the underdeveloped countries”, said the judge.Justice Banerjee mentioned various international documents on the issue of Human Rights- that of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Genocide Convention, agreements regarding trafficking, exploitation and prostitution, the International Labour Organisation convention on the right to organise and collective bargaining, conventions as regards refugees, slavery, racial discrimination, discrimination against women, religious discrimination, torture, right to development, child rights, migrant workers and minorities.”The enforcement of obligations arising out of human rights documents depends on the will to implement these rights. This will has to be across the board. The State certainly owes a responsibility, however, we, as individuals, are also accountable as much of the human rights violation occurs at the behest of individuals, on account of their behaviour towards other individuals”, explained the judge.She referred to a case on manual scavenging that she had dealt with- “It was the individual who was getting the manual scavenging done. So citizens have an individual as well as a collective responsibility towards securing each other’s human rights”. “The Covid pandemic has violated human rights in more ways than one. Several people have died, many have fallen ill, others and lost their jobs. Then there was the problem of the migrant workers, who were left jobless and had to walk back hundreds of miles, hundreds of kilometres to their homes”, she explained.Justice Banerjee continued to observe that international cooperation is necessary as it is the core of international solidarity, this being solidarity which is not limited to assistance alone but one which includes sustainability of development, international relations and improvement. “The United Nations Commission on Human Rights had taken a step in 2005 and had appointed an independent expert on human rights to prepare a draft declaration on the rights of people to international solidarity”, she added.”The extension of people’s right to include more categories was meant to be effected through elevation of the duty to cooperate in pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Charter- for the correlative duty which is intrinsic in human rights to be transformed into an obligation. The first example of it was the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights which contained binding legal obligations”, continued the judge.”The right to development, to peace, to a clean and healthy environment, the rights of minorities and of the indigenous people…Domestic violence, with strikes at the very root of the human rights of women…Sexual harassment and sexual exploitation of women…there is nothing worse than trafficking and trading of human beings, buying and selling them like chattel for material considerations for the purposes of slavery, prostitution, bonded labour. All this needs to be checked by collective effort, not only at an individual level, not even by any nation-state alone”, she elaborated.”That is why December 20 has been declared as the International Solidarity Day for human rights. There is also a draft declaration on rights of people to international solidarity. A World Solidarity Fund has also been set up”, said Justice Banerjee.Quoting from the report of the independent expert, she cited that International solidarity is the expression of a spirit of unity among individuals, peoples, States and international organizations. It encompasses the union of interests, purposes and actions and the recognition of different needs and rights to achieve common goals. International solidarity is a foundational principle underpinning contemporary international law in order to preserve international order and to ensure the survival of international society.”The permanent sovereignty of nations over their natural wealth, their freedom to determine the objectives of sustainable development, to set the priorities and to choose the means and methods of obtaining the objectives must, however, continue to be free from any external interference. The sovereignty needs to be protected, and at the same time, there must be equitable, just and fair partnership of States for the protection and fulfilment of human rights of all persons and fundamental freedoms of all. States are accountable to their people as regards their foreign policy, their bilateral and international agreements, as regards the actions of international organisations of which they are members, and as regards their failure to sanction conduct of the private sector within their jurisdiction”, she said. “The time has come for the corporate bodies, at least in this country, in the discharge of their corporate social responsibility, to take up the issue of protection of human rights”, Justice Banerjee expressed.”Human rights include the right to live with human dignity which, in turn, encompasses the right to food, shelter, clothing, education, healthcare, the right to express oneself, equality, the right to be presumed innocent when accused of an offence until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt after an opportune hearing before an impartial tribunal…Generally, it is the most vulnerable people whose human rights are violated- the weaker section. We must think of the underprivileged, the poor, the differently-abled, the migrant labourers, the homeless. The human rights of children- every child is born equal and entitled to the same rights of being brought up with love and care. It is the essential responsibility of the family but if the family is unable to do so for some reason or is absent, it must be ensured that any adoption is for the benefit of the child, not under the garb of trafficking or forced labour or prostitution”.She recounted an incident from her tenure as a judge, which, she said, “still gives (her) shivers”- “During my years as a Calcutta High Court judge, when I was also the head of the High Court legal services committee and then the West Bengal Legal Services Authority, it was an eye-opener for me when I met the victims at a gender sensitisation event organised by an NGO. There was a rescued victim, a girl aged 13-14, who did not have any parents and had stayed with her aunt in the village. The aunty could hardly meet ends for her own family but gave whatever she could to this girl. There was hardly any food for her to eat. A so-called aunt in her village offered her a job in Bombay. And what was the lure? That she would get four square meals! Nothing more! The girl had asked if she would actually get rice four times a day. The answer had been, ‘Why only rice? You will get nice clothes and other things also’. She was told that she would work at a restaurant. So without telling her aunt, the girl left for Bombay, hoping that she would be able to make money and send some back to her aunt also. There, in Bombay, she was sold to a brothel. Just in one night, she was sexually abused by multiple clients. Several of them insisted on unprotected sex. At the age of 14 or 15, she became pregnant. Hearing her plight, one client helped her escape and she came to be handed over to the NGO. She never saw her earnings, no money was ever given in her hands, thinking that it would help her escape!… She held my hand and spoke to me and I had no answer to give her. She asked, ‘What is my fault? This is not the kind of life I had wanted. I had been told that I would be required to clean utensils etc’…At the age of 16, she had contracted HIV. We had organised retroviral therapy for her”The judge narrated another incident where a girl of a very poor family had been forced into prostitution, having been lured away from her parents on the pretext of a fraudulent marriage- “The boy had said that he does not want any dowry and no money is to be spent on the wedding. The parents did not hear again from the girl post the marriage, and it was an NGO which reported to the police. It turned out that the marriage was a fraud, a pretence and the girl had been pushed into prostitution…At the awareness events, when we warned the parents to not get lured by proposals from unknown persons, one lady once asked me that if we receive a proposal and we go to the police, will the proposal work out then? I said educate your children and get them a job and that it is not necessary to marry the daughter off. She said that we have no proper place to live, it is not safe for my child and we don’t know how to protect our children. So we must ensure that there are creches for children of the poor and shelters for those who don’t have proper homes””Before my mother passed away, for almost 3 years she was suffering from dementia. So I had procured help from a centre- this lady used to come and work from 8 PM till 8 AM. She was a single parent and had been abandoned by her husband. She had a child of 8 to 10 years, who was left alone in her one-room house in a city like Calcutta in the slum area. The child used to be petrified of ghosts, of predators and of thieves…So it is the collective responsibility of the State and the people at large, and of each and every country. When a fraud marriage happens and the woman is taken from India to another country, the cooperation of that country is also important. Similar is the case when a child is trafficked”, urged the judge.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story