Members of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti at the news meet on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A team of 15 women volunteers of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti successfully ‘manned’ crowds during Durga Puja immersions, slaying patriarchal notions that ladies wilter in pressure-cooker jobs.
The samiti, which monitors Pujas across the city, lauded its women wing at a news meet on Thursday for their efficient management of immersion at three ghats.
The outfit also said the wing would get greater responsibilities in the future.
Sources from the outfit revealed that 15 women volunteers were entrusted with managing bisarjan at three ghats, namely Subernarekha, Dimna and Bhuiyadih.
They added that despite swollen rivers and incessant rains, the vigilant ladies ensured the immersion went off smoothly.
“People refrain from picking up scuffles when women are around, which helps maintain decorum. Our women did an excellent job despite erratic weather. They assisted family members who came to immerse idols of Durga Puja ceremonies held at homes and explained them the dos and don’ts to prevent accidents,” said Rambabu Singh, secretary of the outfit.
“We will rope in more women from Puja committees and NGOs next year,” he added.
On Chhath, the festivity where ghats would again figure prominently, Samiti member Usha Singh said they would set up tents on November 8 and 9 where women devotees could change clothes after taking the ritual dip.
“Women face immense difficulty in changing after offering arghya. Besides the district administration, we will also join hands with outfits willing to help us set up tents. During Durga Puja, citizens can expect more women on ghats next year,” she said.
Deputy chief warden of civil defence Shakeel Ahmed Khan suggested uniforms for the women volunteers.