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`Stand together to fight injustice'

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI, MARCH 8 . Women in large numbers, especially from rural areas, took part in seminars and rallies organised here today to mark the International Women's Day.

At a function held at the St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai, the State Women's Commission Chairperson, V. Vasanthi Devi, appealed to women, especially those from the downtrodden communities, to stand together to prevent attacks carried out on them on communal lines.

"Though the male chauvinists are particular in thwarting our attempts to come under one umbrella to fight the atrocities being perpetrated against us, we should unite even at the village level to show our strength. The micro-level women's groups in villages will do wonders," she said.

Listing certain incidents of police attack on the Dalit women in the past, Ms. Vasanthi Devi said victims should approach the Commission to get remedy. More and more women were approaching it now.

She also launched a veiled attack on the `India Shines' campaign, saying only 10 per cent of the women from the creamy layer were `shining' with the help of government schemes. "The poor policies adopted by the leaders have affected the agricultural sector, the public distribution system and employment generation, while the liberalisation has resulted in the mechanisation of industries, downsizing of manpower and privatisation of education and healthcare that have a severe impact on women of the weaker sections," Ms. Vasanthi Devi noted.

She suggested that women intensify their agitation against liberalisation, as "another alternative world is always viable".

The function was organised by the STAND of the St. Xavier's College, the Navajeevan Trust, the Navajeevan Health Centre and the Arunthathiyar Women Progressive Forum,

The St. Xavier's College principal, Rev. Fr. Antonysamy SJ, the STAND director, Rev. Fr. Rajarathinam, and the Viswanathaperi panchayat president, Vanarani, spoke.

The students of the Department of Folklore staged a skit.

In the evening, a group of women from Kalakkad, Nanguneri, Moontradaippu, Veeravanallur, Ilaththur, Alwarkurichi, Thisayanvilai and Vadakkankulam and school children took out a rally from the VOC Grounds at Palayamkottai. It culminated in a meeting in the Jawahar Grounds.

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