GUWAHATI, April 26 - Panjabari Senior Citizens� Association has urged the Government of India to enact stringent laws providing extreme punishment for all cases of rape, molestation and all kinds of violence against women in the country.
The organisation, which celebrated its 21st foundation day today at the club campus under the presidentship of Kaumudi Kumar Dutta, member in charge of finance, also appealed to the people of Assam in general and the youth and academic circles in particular to join the protest march to be staged on the bank of Dighalipukhuri organised by the Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association on April 29 to build up a national opinion against all kinds of violence against women.
Ranajit Sutradhar, member in charge of culture and public relations, explained the significance of the day and paid tributes to the memory of 40 members of the association who had passed away during the last two decades.
DN Chakravartty, one of the founders of the association, explained the genesis of the organisation and referred to the five principles � independence, participation, self fulfilment, care and dignity � accepted by the UN in respect of welfare of the elderly citizens of the world.
Chakravartty added that the elderly citizens of the country, especially in Assam, were now to discharge a greater responsibility in view of the growing climate of violence, indiscipline and antinational activities in the country and the danger posed by unrestricted infiltration from the neighbouring Bangladesh.
Pratibha Bhuyan, Urmila Chakravartty, Bipin Bhattacharya and Dr Bijoy Krishna Deva Sarma, among aothers, also took part in the discussion.