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CHILDLINE 1098 Service & raquo; 1098 Events & raquo; Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Workshop » raquo; Profiles of Resource People »

Ms. Vidya Apte

Ms Vidya Apte joins us from the Forum Against Child Sexual Exploitation (FACSE). She began her career at the Central Child Guidance Clinic in Mumbai as a counsellor and quickly moved into a supervisory position. In 1984 she joined the Terre des Hommes (Germany) India Programme identifying new projects and monitoring the ones that are supported by TdH and working closely on TdH campaigns against child trafficking and child labour.

In 1995 Ms Vidya Apte co-founded the Forum Against Child Sexual Exploitation. She led the organization through its spread in Maharashtra and other states. As a fore-runner in Child Sexual Abuse Awareness she has coordinated workshops, organized training programmes, and developed various communication projects about the issue such as the play "Watevarti Kacha Ga" with the organization Kalsootri.

Today she has returned to alma mater, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences as a part time field work Supervisor. She holds the post of Honorary Secretary - Adoption Coordinating Agency (ACA), Mumbai and is part of the Maharashtra State Coordination Committee for Child Protection


Prof Asha Bajpai

Prof. Dr. Asha Bajpai is currently a Professor of Law at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, holds a PhD in law with specialization in Child Rights and Laws from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has been involved in Teaching, Research, Training and Consultancy in law and human rights since almost twenty five years.

Currently she has been appointed as an amicus curaie with the Bombay High Court in a PIL relating to deaths in an orphanage and is assisting the Mumbai High Court in drafting guidelines for inter country adoption of children. She has worked intensively with the Judicial system drafting and amending laws and guidelines. She is an active member of the Expert Committee for Drafting Sexual Offences Bill of the National Commission for Child Rights, Delhi and Committee to draft the National Policy for Children by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and various other national and international committees. She is a published author of books and articles on child rights issues and has conducted various capacity building workshops for Judiciary, Police, NGOs, District Advisors, Sexual harassment committees, university and college teachers and other vulnerable sections of the society


Dr. Nilima Mehta

Dr. Nilima Mehta has been in the field of Child Rights, Child Protection, Juvenile Justice, Adoption, Foster Care, Family Counselling and other Community Based Interventions for over thirty years. Dr. Mehta has been an Honorary Consultant with several organisations like UNICEF, CRY, CHILDLINE, ICSW, ICCW, IAPA, FSC, VATSALYA FOUNDATION, as well as with the State and Central Government and the Planning Commission for Policy Development, Research and Review of National Legislations.

Dr. Mehta is a visiting faculty member at the TISS, SNDT & NN. Dr. Mehta has presented papers at several National and International Conferences and has been as an Indian Delegate to Brazil, Korea, Sweden, Denmark and USA. Dr. Mehta has also been a Consultant for several Research Studies and Documentations on Child Protection Issues. She is the author of "Ours By Choice - Parenting through Adoption" published with UNICEF support, and Juvenile Justice System and Child Protection, written for CHILDLINE India Foundation.


Ms. Jaya Aiyappa

Ms Jaya Aiyappa completed her MSW from Delhi University. Her counselling career began with her work with the Indian Navy. She worked as a Family Counsellor, covering three Family Clinics run by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam. Cases counselled include Marital Counselling, Adolescent problems, Alcoholism, other Family Relationship problems, Children Behavioural problems - aggression, bed wetting etc. During that time she also acted as a resource person with the NIE programme of 'The Hindu' at Vishakapatnam, conducted training modules on Behavioural Skills, Life Skills, Hygiene.

In 2008 and 2009 she expanded her skills base by taking certified courses in personal counselling, Counselling based on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and training in HIV/AIDS. Since 2008, she has been working with the Women Graduates Union as a counsellor. In her position she handles personal counselling and individual clients as well as conducts Workshops and Seminars for men, women and adolescents on Life Skills and behavioural skills. She also conducts freelance workshops on various topics such as sex education, stress management, domestic violence, etc.


Fr. Merwyn D'Souza

Father Merwyn completed high school in Vile Parle and went on to graduate from Mithibai College. He has since been a Diocesan Priest for 20 years and a School Principal for the past 11 years at Baretto High School. Cavel, - St. Stephen's High School - Cumbala High School, Holy Name High School - Fort, and is currently at St. Paul High School, Dadar.

The father has a wonderful rapport with the youth, and is an encouraging, dynamic individual, with a lot of creative ideas. He is a constant support and guide to students and is very fond of plants


Dr. Duru Shah

Dr Duru Shah is past Honorary Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Grant Medical College Postgraduate Guide for DNB and Consultant to the Breach Candy Hospital, Jaslok Hospital and Sir Hurkisondas Hospital, Mumbai. She is the Chairman of the Indian College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ICOG) and a representative of The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India to The International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics. (FIGO). She is a prolific writer who has edited and authored various postgraduate books and chapters in Obs & Gyn. In 2008 she was Awarded the Top 20 women achievers of the Indian healthcare award - Modern Medicare March.

As her contribution to FOGSI she as collaborated on various projects covering a variety of issues such as feminine hygiene, using contraception, empowering adolescent girls on health, - Rural Women's health program, etc.

She has also contributed to the academic wing of FOGSI, ICOG by initiating the Post Graduate Residential Review Course, the CME Study Hour with Clinical Research on various subjects such as Gestational Diabetes, and activating the 6 months Fellowship Course and Credit points and many more.


Dr. Chhaya Sambharya Prasad

Dr Prasad is a Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician, at the Govt. Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Chandigarh. She has keen interest in adolescent and child rights and protection issues, childhood disability, behavioural issues in children and parenting problems. Currently is running clinic for children with developmental delays, autism and learning disability. She is also the Vice President of the NGO Umeed at Chandigarh which works for the job placements of mentally challenged young adults.

She is the Joint Secretary, Childhood Disability Group, The Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP). She is a National Faculty and Co-ordinator of the Happy Parenting Program, IAP and National Faculty & Co-convenor of the Child Rights and Protection Program. She is a founding member of the Indian Response to Child Abuse and Neglect IRCAN, India.

Pursued her graduation in the year 1997 from Nagpur University, J.N.M.C Wardha, and was back at Govt Medical College, Nagpur University in the year 2001 for her post graduation -DCH. Alongside also pursued a Diploma course in Human Rights which helped shape the future interest in child rights and child abuse. Thereafter received training in Neonatal Intensive Care for a period of 2 years. She recently successfully completed her post graduation in Developmental Neurology from the Kerala University.


Trupti Jhaveri Panchal

Trupti Panchal completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) specialization in Family and Child Welfare, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in 1989. She has returned to TISS today as an Assistant Professor and Project Direction of the Resource Centre on Intervention on Violence against Women (RCI-VAW). She has worked as a project coordinator for the Special Cell for Women and Children, TISS and as Social Worker Special Cell for Women and Children, Commissioner of Police Office, Mumbai.

Her contribution in the field of research has involved publications on child sexual abuse in various journals including the Indian Journal of Social Work. She conducted the documentation of Police Cases of Sexually Abused girls under the age of 10 years between the years 1994 - 1995 co-authored with Nahida Shaikh. She has co-organized workshops for police officials and social workers at national, state and regional levels.

Tripti Panchal is keenly interested in the area of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. She represents the Special Cell in the Core group of FACSE - Forum against Child Sexual Exploitation. From this platform she has conducted training Programmes, shared her research findings on Child Sexual Abuse at workshops and worked on individual cases of Child Sexual Abuse. In 2008 she received an award International Women's Day Women from Times of India Foundation for contribution in the field of Women's Rights.


Ms Sheela Dinkar Sail

Ms Sheela Sail is the present Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enforcement, Crime Branch, Mumbai City, Maharashtra. She has 10 years experience as a police officer and 7 years experience as a research officer. Her current position responsibilities are Prevention & Detection of Crime, Prosecution, Maintenance of law & order and communal harmony, Protection of life & security of people, Collection of intelligence, Community Policing, VVIP Security etc. She also supervises and controls various branches of Law Enforcement like Social Service Branch, Anti Trafficking Cell, Anti human Smuggling cell, Anti Piracy Cell, Woman & Child Assistance Unit, Counselling Cell, Juvenile Assistance Police Unit

Her work involves her with various pertinent issues in today's society such as human trafficking, piracy, gambling, crimes against women and children, child labour, etc. As part of work she works with the social organizations, NGO's working in the field of women & Child and Human Rights. She also successfully completed a Post-Graduation Certificate Course in 'Human Rights' conducted by Government Law College, Mumbai


Mrs. Arundhati Chavan

Mrs Arundhati Chavan completed her Masters in Education from S.N.D.T. University in 1988. In 2000 she completed a M.Sc. in Psychology from J.N. University Jaipur. She recently returned to S.N.D.T. to complete her Ph.D. in Development of Programme for enhancing Emotional Intelligence of pre-service teachers. With her intensive education background she has explored various educational initiatives. During her career she has talk and supervised at deemed institutions such as Anjuman-I-Islam Akbar Peerbhoy college of teacher education & I/C Polytechnic V.T and J.L.N.J. Women's College Ville Parle. She is currently a Co-ordinator in the Dep. Of education S.N.D.T. University part time course in M.Ed as well as a Principal of the Swayam Siddhi Mitra Sangh's College of Education, Bhiwandi.

Mrs Chavan also holds important positions such as the President of Parent - Teacher association United Forum, Mumbai and President of Astha Foundation Support Group for the Parent of Mentally Challenged Children. She has been an inspiring social worker in the fields of education and counselling and received many awards for her work in the sector. She continues to contribute to the education sector not only as a teacher and principal but through various workshops for D.Ed. colleges and student teachers on topics such as action research, communication skills and teaching skills.


Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj

Manjul Bhardwaj has discovered himself as a theatre person. He is equipped with performing skills as an actor, director, writer, facilitator and initiator in theatre. He initiated the philosophy of "Theatre of Relevance" on 12th August 1992 and practicing it in India and all over the world. As writer and director, he has written and directed more than 25 plays. He has conducted more than 300 "Theatre of Relevance" workshops for different Organizations/Institutions/Groups, etc. in 28 states of India and abroad. In 1992 he founded Experimental Theatre Foundation.

He has proved through his work with child labourers in Mumbai and other parts of India that theatre is a medium of change. He is instrumental in rehabilitation of 50,000 child labourers through theatre performances and training. His plays "Mera Bachpan and "Laadli" have had countless performances and influenced countless people. Some of his plays have gained international recognition from UNESCO and UNICEF. He has closely worked with children in difficult situation, deprived women and girls, adolescents (girls and boys), government officials from implementers to policy makers.

His concept 'Role of theatre of Relevance in HR' is used as pedagogical tool to learn HR process in EMPI's Udai Pareek HR labs in EMPI Business School, Delhi. He is awarded with the certificate of "Citizen's Council for Better Tomorrow" presented by governor of Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

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