The Most Reverend Dr. Desmond Mpilo Tutu visited the Custom House, Cochin on 07-03-2013 for a one-one-one interaction with the officers and staff. Dr. Tutu is in Cochin in connection with the ‘Semester-at-Sea’ programme of the Non-Profit Institute for shipboard education in association with the University of Virginia. The Nobel Laureate addressed the staff who had turned out in strength for the occasion. He recalled with gratitude India’s support to the South Africans in their struggle against apartheid. He stated that he was much disturbed on hearing news from various quarters regarding atrocities committed against women. He also warned the listeners that a society that did not value its women folk was doomed to fail. He exhorted everybody to be on guard against this disturbing development. He then fielded a few question from the audience with his characteristic verve and humour. He was later presented with a memento by the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Kerala Zone Shri S Subramanian and Commissioner of Customs Dr K.N. Raghavan. Ms Elsi Thomas, Additional Commissioner delivered the vote of thanks.