SILCHAR, Nov 26 - On International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, Sanalembi Devi, a Silchar-based social activist and Sumana Roy, a survivor of domestic violence and gang rape from Cachar district have set out in their mission to sensitise masses on gender-based violence travelling across 11 districts of the state in the next 16 days.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri flagged off the campaign from the One-Stop Centre here on Monday and greeted the two women in their endeavour to disseminate much needed information about the ways women can stand their claims against the wrong doers.
�Women must held their heads high and all the agencies must give due respect to them. Complaints of any kind of violence against women must be addressed and disposed of at the earliest, which is a part of the protection of women and children as per sustainable development goals. I wish Sanalembi Devi and Sumana good luck in their pursuit of creating mass awareness across the State on the very pertinent issue,� Madduri said.
Talking to The Assam Tribune on the sidelines of the programme, Sanalembi Devi, who has been dealing with such instance of crime against women since 2008, said, �How often have we come across situations when a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault comes to the police or other agencies seeking help and justice but returns with illusive promises or no action against the accused at all. There are umpteen examples which should be brought to light and this drives us to reach out to the people and also speak to the DCs and SPs of the different districts during our campaign. We also wish to meet Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma to echo our demand of better security to women and to put across issues like lack of infrastructure on the ground.�
Besides support from many organisations, members of Adivasi Women�s Association of Assam will join the women from Cachar when they meet at Tinsukia during the rally, Sanalembi Devi informed.