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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald FOURTH SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 5, 1974 Pages 29-36 'Mom line' crisis centre to prevent battering Daredevil in action Jumping off the mud buttes just above Indian Battle Park may not be the best idea of having a good time, but "daredevil" Jim Sawers, Rideau Court, seems to be having the time of his life. Herald photographer Bill Groenen caught him just before he landed Marriage game catches up with woman wed to 30 men Consumers elect chief By RAM SUND4R CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) Renu Kuman's first wedding took place in March, 1949 She was then only 15 "I have forgotten my first husband's name, Renu said in an interview "It was, I think Gautam Sharma or Pratap Sharma Renu's memory lapse is understandable In the last 25 years, she has married 30 men, bearing a dozen children Beautiful long-haired Renu s marital record has become a national sensation Pot-pourri A member of the Mathesis Club of Lethbndge was honored recent lv at the club s annual luncheon to mark her 60th year as a member Mrs M J Gibson joined the cultural organization two years after its formation in 1912 She has held every office in the club and was president from 1929 to 1931 A corsage of pink carnations was presented to her on behalf of the club in India because, as the United News of India agency put it 20 of her former husbands are in hot pursuit of her The reported from Patna capital of Bihar province that some of them have already reached the remote hamlet of Sunderpur on the India-Nepal frontier in the Himalayan mountains with hopes of retrieving her A hide-and-seek war is going on in the high Himalayas, says one Hindi- language weekly of Patna Renu's longest marriage lasted four years and the shortest three months No more wedding bells for me. she says 'I'm going to devote the rest of my life to puja prayers and welfare work among the backward tribes of my area A correspondent of the Delhi Express quotes Renu as having told her ex-husbands that she now is "sick of the marriage business At least five of her former husbands mean to fight it out legally They have engaged lawyers talented in the tricky field of marital litigation One ear-old Ram Singh of town in Bihar said I am prepared to spend am amount to get Renu back Call 327-4348 For Rapid Pick-Up She is my legally wedded wife All the other so-called husbands are only tricksters who tried to exploit a gullible and innocent woman Renu told a police official who visited her hamlet that her 30 husbands included five government officials, two doctors, a policeman, two politicians belonging to the Socialist party and two rich landlords Why are so many men after Renu7 She is not only beautiful but rich One senior Patna High Court lawyer placed her wealth at nearly 000 a fantastic amount in Indian conditions Police officials sa> there appears to be no legal basis for Renus marriages They believe she probably lived with various men over the bearing children and then moving on to the next romantic assignment as one official described it The officials say this is not unusual in some tribal commup't'es. though they are staggered Renu's record Will the law some day catch up with Renu7 Luckily for her. her hamlet is a few miles from the kingdom of Nepal If any of her ex husbands get really nasty, she just has to cross into Nepal CALGARY (CP) M J O'Grady of Ottawa was elected president of the Consumers Association of Canada today, the first man to occupy the office in the association s 27-year history He replaces Maryon Brechm of Etobicoke, Ont president for the last three years Vice-presidents were Michelle Lejeune, Sherbrooke Que M T Trebilcok Toronto and Nola Wade Ottawa All former presidents of the association which has 110 000 members were women Mr 0 Grady 37 is a lawyer specializing in civil litigation For the last two years, he was the association's treasurer That position was filled by R E Olley of Saskatoon Directors newly elected to two year terms were R I Cohen Montreal. Norma Collector of swans EDMONTON (CP) Marge Smith has 127 swans of different shapes, sizes and materials a collection she started 12 years ago when her sister was learning ceramics and asked her what she's like made "I said I'd like a swan That was the first of the collection Mrs Smith whose husband is a recruiting officer with the Canadian Armed Forces recently returned from a four-vear sta> in Europe where she added 45 swans to her collection, valued at between and Home Halifax Joan Fmlayson Saskatoon Joan Friesen Winnipeg, Ghislame LaLonde, St Bruno Que and Ruth Lotzkar Vancouver Directors elected for a second year w ei e Jean Jones Dundas Ont Ruth Berry. Winnipeg Barbara Rolls Victoria Ruth Sinclair Halifax Helen Mornmgstar, Etobicoke Ont and Edna Clarke Edmonton TORONTO (CP) There is practically no where angered parents can turn for guidance when they find themselves on the verge of severely beating their children, a Toronto social worker says Speaking to a group of Impe- rial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) attending the group's 74th annual meeting, Barbara Chisholm said there are a number of ways volunteer groups can help reduce the incidence of battered children Miss Chisholm recently began a three year study on the status of children for the Canadian Council on Children and Youth a Toronto-based service organization She suggested a 24-hour 'mom or grandmother line, staffed by volunteers and a group of pro- fessionals pediatricians social workers and psy- chiatrists Such a service might be as effective in reducing the in- cidence of child beating as existing suicide or distress centres have been in preventing other types of crises, Miss Chisholm said Volunteers manning the mom" line might work out of the emergency ward of a hospital, she said Among them might be senior citizens "who are aching to become part of our society again The emergency lines could serve as an outlet for parents who have little ability to reason with their children and are tempted to strike out at them instead she said Groups like the IODE might also become involved in family life education programs in schools and other organizations, Miss Chisholm said 'Most schools have sex edu- cation classes but there are few courses which really teach young people how to -The HeraU Family raise children, she said Miss Chisholm said recent surveys of battered children indicate that "for every one million of population in North America there are 250 seriously battered children who might die Most battered children are between five and 22 months time when a child is starting to come alive, starting to learn By becoming active in one of the manv groups studying how to reach potential child abusers the IODE will be making a "first-rate contribution Miss Chisholm said Child welfare legislation is uneven across the country, she said People who suspect that they know of incidents of child beating can still make an anonymous call to the police or childrens aid societies or use a near-extinct citizen s arrest she said One of the dilemmas we are facing is that we have become so preoccupied with individual civil rights that we have painted ourselves into a corner It would be an interesting study for an IODE group to look at how we can become collectively responsible again Volunteer groups need more involvement TORONTO (CP) Volunteer groups must get involved in 'high-risk social issues" if they want to stay alive a Toronto volunteer Worker said "Governments will always take the safe narrow political path to social change, Belinda Monn, a former director of the Association of Junior Leagues, said in a speech to 850 women attending the 74th annual meeting of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Volunteer groups also must become more sophisticated Mrs Monn said They must be prepared to offer incentive to women who might not normally become involved They should offer training and education and, >f possible provide workers with babysitting services, cab fare and other transportation to make it easier for them to give their time to the organization, she said Volunteer groups should be organized in a professional manner, Mrs Monn said with specific goals, budgets alternative plans and definite agreement on who is in authority Reserve A Luxury Accommodation For Your Luxury Fur Today We have the finest vaults to care for your furs and expert consultants to make sure they stay luxurious. 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