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Small step for big change

- Programme remembers Delhi victim, wants better outlook

Jan. 27: It was an event that sent out a clear message — enough is enough — and pro-mpted a re-think on the way our society treated its women.

Though there was a nip in the air at the Shaddhanjali Kanan open-air theatre here this evening, the soulful rendition of ri chiraiya, nanhi si chidiya by Tanvir Dey Sarkar, a female vocalist of city-based band Advaya, added warmth to the surroundings.

A packed gathering of young and old lent their hearts and voices to support all the “Daminis” and “Nirbhayas” who had borne the brunt of society’s insensitivity towards women. All this was part of Enough is Enough, an awareness campaign on women’s welfare and rights, organised by Events Arena, a local event management group, today.

“The December 16 gang rape in New Delhi led us to cancel a New Year’s eve party and focus instead on creating awareness about crimes against women. Subsequently, we decided to organise this programme, which, we feel, is a small endeavour to bring about a big change — in people’s outlook towards women,” Tandra Dey Sarkar of the event management group told this correspondent.

A performance by a three-member Advaya, which also included the A.R. Rahman-composed Vande Mataram as a welcome song, was followed by a self-defence workshop by Monalisa Talukdar, a taekwondo athlete. A few combat techniques for girls were adroitly demonstrated.

Two dance recitals — one by an eight-member female troupe from Cotton College and the other by a six-member group from Shruti Taranga — highlighted incidents such as female foeticide, among other burning issues.

A motivational video, comprising clippings of countrywide protests by a “young and angry India” against the brutal incident in Delhi, followed.

The event culminated with a panel discussion involving people from all sections of society. “It is encouraging that women are coming out and lodging police complaints. People are waking up to reality,” additional superintendent of police (CID), Mirinda Ingtipi, said at the discussion.

Earlier, a signature campaign was organised in front of a mall at Bhangagarh where over 300 people wrote strong messages to make the state and the country safe for women. “The signatures will be sent to Dispur through members of the Youth Congress,” Sarkar added.

A procession of students, members of various women’s groups and NGOs was taken out from Gauhati Commerce College to Shraddhanjali Kanan in the afternoon. The participants carried placards and lit candles at the entrance of the park in the evening.

“Our objective was to provide a platform to all sections regarding burning issues such rape, harassment, dowry-related torture, female foeticide, among others. We will conduct more such campaigns in future,” a member of the event management group, said.


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