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'Walkathon' for welfare of women

Posted on Mar 10 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Mar 10 : Marking the 100th International Women's Day in light of the recent women atrocities across the country, the Eastern India Chartered Accountants Students Association (EICASA) along with the Students' Association of the Eastern India Regional Council of the Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India (EIRC of ICAI) on Sunday hosted an awareness 'Walkathon' here.

The 'Walkathon' was followed by a street play for the welfare of women of the society with the theme, 'Either Awake, Arise or Get Victimized', hosted on Sunday here at the ICAI Bhawan on Russell Street.

Present at the occasion were: Dr Shashi Panja, Minister of Children and Women Welfare; Farzana Alam, Deputy Mayor, KMC; Tollywood actress Papiya Adhikari, actress Zinnia Mukherjee and many others.

The Walkathon event was also powered, shared and encouraged for the masses by the Satyamev Jayate team.

The procession started at 11:00 am from the ICAI Bhawan, Russell Street en-route Park Street ended up at the Simpark Mall (New Market) where a street play was enacted to spread awareness amongst women in society.

There was a footfall of more than 750 students, including the teachers of the Chartered Accountancy fraternity and students from reputed colleges all across the city like St. Xavier's College, Shri Shikshayatan College, J.D. Birla College and many others.

On this occasion, Paras Ruthla, Vice chairman, EICASA, said, "Women had been suppressed for a long time. Atrocities on women were still taking place despite the fact that the country had been independent for so many years. We sincerely hope that this initiative will make a difference in the mentality of the public at large.

"In today's world, every person needs to ask for what is theirs. They need to fight for their own rights. It is not the government, which is responsible for such acts. The approach needs to be individualistic."

Speaking to the media, CA Pramod Dayal Rungta, Chairman, EICASA and Vice-Chairman, EIRC, said, "We on behalf of the ICAI Parivar thank each of you for driving this initiative successful. Keeping true to its theme, 'Either Awake! Arise! Or Get Victimized', the response to violence against women should be holistic.

"It should prevent, protect and should be geared towards assisting victims and making sure that they are protected in future. It should criminalize violence against women, strive to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

CA Subhash Chandra Saraf, Chairman, EIRC, expressing his views said, "Every girl has right to be respected, valued and protected. If you want to make the world safer for women Zero tolerance is the only way, whether it is petty, minor and major crimes.

"We call upon all women to Awake, Arise and Act. Do not give up so that all women may walk with their heads held high and without fear."

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