Mangaluru, Jan 9, 2017: Former deputy mayor and a well-known social activist Judith Mary Rita Mascarenhas passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017. She was a silent server who built at least 50 houses for the homeless, arranged jobs for the jobless, shelter for the destitute, artificial limbs for the disabled and many such welfare works. Few months back she had a stroke and bedridden since then.
Born on Dec 22, 1931 to Aloysius I. Mascarenhas a famous Konkani poet, journalist and social activist and Magdalene M. Mascarenhas, a teacher. She started her teaching career in Cambridge School Bangalore and continued in Capitanio Junior College and training Institute Mangalore for 22 years until she took voluntary retirement to dedicate herself fully to social service full time.
Judith Mascarenhas was the founder President and Managing Trustee of ’Preethi Neethi Trust’, a registered NGO for the uplift of the needy and destitute, founded in 1991. She was the founder member and treasurer of Link Anti Addiction Citizens Committee from 1991. It is a registered body running a de-addiction hospital, counselling centre and HIV/AIDS outreach programmes. She was the member of the ’Mangalore Railway Station Consultative Committee’ for the fourth term of 3 years each in succession. She was also joint secretary of ’Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh’ of D.K. District, and treasurer of Mahila Vedike and Nagara Parisarasaktha Okkoota, joint secretary of the D. K. Association for the Blind, one of the directors of D.K. and Udupi Jilla Mahila Co-operative Bank, one of the directors of the Canara Catholic Co-operative Educational Society, convener of Jagrath Bharath a voluntary organization working against corruption.
She held several important positions including: Deputy Mayor of Mangalore City Corporation for 2 terms, Corporator of Mangalore City Corporation for 3 terms of 5 years each. Vice President of Abhaya Ashraya for 3 terms, nominated member of the D.K. Postal Forum for 3 terms and P.U.C. Board Bangalore for 3 years. Director of S.C.D.C.C. Bank (South Canara District Central Co-operative Bank). Also a Director of LAMP Society, S.K.C.C.W. Stores & Janata Bazaar of Mangalore.
Judith had 30 years of experience in Journalism. 5 years as editor of Konkani Youth Monthly “Yuvak”,15 years as editor and publisher of Kannada Bimonthly “DEEPIKA” and 15 years as editor and publisher of Kannada Monthly “Nagara Deepika”. She also ran a popular newsletter for her ward when she was a corporator.
Among various awards and recognition she had received, some prominent ones are district Rajyotsava Award in 2015, Chetana Literary society Award, Mahila Sabha Award, Honour for Social Service at the D.K. Jilla Kannada Sahitya Sammelan and Honoured for her Environmental Preservation work by St. Agnes Alumni Association.
Inputs: Ivan Saldanha Shet