Increasing atrocities on women decried
Central Chronicle, 9th March 2001


BHOPAL MARCH 8: Several programmes were held in the capital to mark the International Women's Day on Thursday. The All India Bank Employees Association and the All India Bank Officers Association jointly held an agitation against increasing atrocities on women.

Hundreds of bank employees and officers assembled at the bank of India Panchanan Branch office at around 5pm and raised slogans on rising atrocities and crimes against women.

They demanded stringent punishment for those committing crime against women. The public meeting was addressed by professor Nusrat Bano Ruhi. MP Bank Employees Association secretary VK Sharma informed that symposiums, seminars and other programmes had been organised across the country on the International Women's day.

Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Radghakishan Malviya has said that the women members of PCC should organise themselves and work for the party. Their strength will continue to rise with the strength of the party.

He said women need to realise their strength and they will themselves become powerful. he said with the directives from Sonia Gandhi, and efforts of Digvijay Singh, 33 per cent reservations have been given to women in the organisation.

He said 30 per cent reservations have also been given reservation in jobs in the state.

Arif Baig expressed happiness on the increased participation of women in different programmes of the state government and the party.

Those present on the occasion include Mandvi Chauhan, Shiba Ilias, Radharmi Dube, Sushila Jain, Ashok Kumari Sharma, Shamim Bano, Urmila Sharma, Monika Singh, Rajni Telang and others.

A one day symposium was held at Panchsheel Nagar by FPAI. Programmes coordinator Ms Jaishri Kumar informed women participants about the importance of the day and Kranti Chaturvedi informed about the atrocities being committed on women.

Mahila Diwas was observed at Sewa Bharti. Chief guest on the occasion, MP Mahila Arthik Vikas Nigam chair person Dr Musarat Shahid said that where ever there is a will, there is a way. Once we are determined, we can achieve every goal. She said she will extend every possible help to empower women in the country. She said that the Nigam offers various upliftment programmes which women could take advantage of.

Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha women held an agitation at the Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's residence at Shyamla Hills on Thursday. The agitators demanded increase in family pension amount, pension facilities to all poor and widows, Antodya scheme for supply of subsidized feed be extended to all poor women and others.

A felicitation function was also held at Neelam Park, Morcha state president Comred Balkrishna Namdeo felicitated noted social worker Akhtar Jahan Begum, Rampyari Bai Yadav, Kausar Jahan, Sona Bai, Janki Bai Tiwari and other women.

Central Railway Employees Social Welfare Center held a felicitation programme for the women workers working in the Railway Shed.

Krishnawanti Sahni and Kamla Saxena were felicitated on the occasion.

The Madhya Pradesh Transport Workers Federation Women Cell held a programme on the occasion of the International Women's day. The programme was held at the Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation office.

Gadarwara MLA Sadhna Sthpak was the chief guest on the occasion. Other eminent personalities who attended the programme include MPSRTC MD K Suresh, General manager Yogendra Sharma, a large number of women employees and others attended the function.

Women cell president Rekha Saxena welcomed the guests and demanded that the recommendations of the Patel Commission report be brought into implementation.

The chief guest said that women were doing a good job by managing the house, children and also outside affairs like jobs. She said this will lead them to self sufficiency and self reliance.

Hope and faith, a social organisation on the occasion of International Women's day organised a health awareness programme for women in Atal Ayub Nagar on Thursday. The importance of education was also highlighted.

Mrs Chandra Patel, president spoke on social responsibility, women protection and women health.

On the occasion, a dance play by culture club was also presented in which issues such as dowry, education, health and atrocities were addressed.