Agnimitra felicitated on Women's Day
By Barshali Banerjee, Kolkata, Mar 9 : Kolkata multiplex Mukti World celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 with women from different walks of life and felicitated fashion designer and social worker Agnimitra Paul, here.
Agnimitra Paul said, "Though women celebrate this day in India at this point of time, the society is not working as a boon for women and it is really hard when it comes to the question of safety and security of women."
"We have been playing as many roles as possible in the society since the time of birth. At first we are daughters, sometimes wives and finally fulfilling our dreams we are enjoying our motherhood. But the most terrific point comes in a woman's life when her soul is battered and engulfed by the morbid appetite," Paul said.
She added, "And that is happening currently here, all around our society. Girls facing inhuman, brutal treatment, and many a times for that they fall into the jaws of death."
Paul obviously was referring to Delhi rape victim Nirbhaya who died despite a valiant fight to survive the brutal gangrape on a bus.
"No one can protect us, its Women's Day, but still the society is not safe enough for women. We have to protect ourselves without depending on anyone else. We are celebrating but anytime we can face the situation like Nirbhaya, where no administration, Government or law can protect us," she said.
She said, "I am personally frightened to go out at night. As a solution to woman harassment and eve-teasing people are suggesting pepper spray. But if 3-4 men attack me all of a sudden, I can merely do anything other than demanding help from Police. But in recent times that is also tough to get."
Hoping for the best she conveyed as her message to the women in the society, "Women are equal to men. We privilege men's life with our gracious presence. I am glad that I am a woman. Stop killing female foetus, it is a part of a woman, as well as a man."
She added, "The mentality should be changed at first and literacy along with awareness should reach the lower income strata group in the society. Not just the lower income group but the boys belonging to higher society also should be taught how to respect a woman."
Paul asserted, "It was in 1911 when the International Women's Day was first celebrated. Thereafter a century has been passed. Now let us watch out when the society can be regarded as safe and secure for every woman."