Commemorating the 250th birth anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the department of Art & Culture organised awareness rallies on women empowerment in several districts on Wednesday, to honour his contributions to women’s rights in India including the abolishment of customs such as sati, polygamy, child marriage and the caste system.
Chümoukedima: Department of Art & Culture, Chümoukedima organised the rally registering office.
According to a DIPR report, while flagging off the rally, ADC Chümoukedima, Dr. Kuzo Duadeo informed that various programmes and schemes were coming up where women empowerment has been emphasised in commemoration of the 75th year of independence.
He said for women empowerment, the “most basic thing” was education, as education empowered a person to know what to do, what was right and what decision to take.
The programme was chaired by N. Longshio Lotha, welcome address was delivered by registering officer department of Art & Culture, Chümoukedima, P. Kughato and a special song was presented by John Kent.
Altogether, 250 people including students from St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School and Government Middle School, Chümoukedima Block IV participated in the rally which was filled off at department of Art & Culture and culminated at 7th Mile Village Gate.
Phek: At Phek, the rally was flagged off from the District Hospital junction and culminated at Government Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Phek.
According to a DIPR report, while speaking on the occasion, EAC Phek, Tshelhi-u said the anniversary marked the fight against evil practices like Sati and child marriage and discrimination against women and children.
She reminded that women had equal rights to men and that their rights should not be neglected.
The programme was chaired by assistant research officer, Chirhala Pochury and a folk tune was presented by GHSS students.
Peren: The awareness rally on women empowerment was held at Jalukie under Peren district. The rally which saw a participation of around 250 school students holding placards with the awareness messages began at St. Xavier Higher Secondary School, Jalukie and was officially flagged off by EAC Peren, Ihoilung Chuilo.
According to a DIPR report, while speaking on the occasion as special guest, EAC Peren Ihoilung Chuilo gave a brief life history of Raja Rammohan Roy, his fight against sati system and the inheritance rights of women.
He also spoke about the need for a new generation social reformer who could bring change and empower women of the 21st century.
The programme was chaired by LDA, Art & Culture, Peren, Namdi Hemang while welcome address was delivered by ARO Peren Moses Newmai.
Tseminyu: An awareness rally of school children on women empowerment was organised by the district cultural office, Kohima Art & Culture Department at town hall Tseminyu with SDO (C) Tseminyu, Tsutsowe Kupa as special guest.
According to a DIPR report, Kupa while speaking at the programme said Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a strong proponent of women’s rights and education. He said women empowerment did not mean the movement was opposed to men, rather it was empowering women mentally, emotionally, etc.
Informing that women sex ratio in Tseminyu was 1022 and the male literacy rate was 88% while the female was 76%, he said that education helped people think critically and reason.
The programme was chaired by UDA district Art & Culture Office, Kohima, Keviselie while assistant research officer and district cultural office, Kohima in-charge, Haichenlo Kath delivered the welcome address. Around 100 students participated in the rally.