TEZPUR, April 7 - The Bahbari Mahila Samiti, in association with Association for Woman Awareness and Rural Development (AWARD), an NGO, today organised an awareness programme at Bahbari Usha Natya Mandir in Bahbari area under the Bebezia Police Outpost near here. The programme, which coincided with the World Health Day today, was held to highlight the rights of women and reinforce their dignified position in society.
The awareness programme witnessed the participation of a large number of local women. It was held under the presidentship of social worker Banti Saikia and addressed by the Joint Director of Health, Sonitpur, Dr Krishna Kemprai, social workers Ramen Goswami and Pradip Saikia, and senior journalist Manoj Saikia.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Kemprai stressed the need to acknowledge the power of women in building a healthy society. Social worker Ramen Goswami highlighted projects undertaken in the area for socio-economic and cultural development. AWARD activist Namrashri Goswami said that the NGO would organise more events to bring a positive change in society. Social worker Pradip Saikia conducted the programme. A large procession was also taken out on the occasion.
Bahbari under the Barchala LAC in Sonitpur district has been plagued by social evils like gambling, bootlegging and human trafficking. Many minor girls have been trafficked outside the State on the pretext of giving them employment. An unscrupulous section of people has been running a human trafficking racket by taking advantage of the poverty of villagers.
Meanwhile, local bodies like the Bahbari Mahila Samiti and NGO have been conducting a series of awareness programmes in the area since the last few months to mobilise people against trafficking and other crimes against women.