Many programmes held to mark Women’s Day in Bhopal, Indore

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2016 22:42 IST
Girls in pink dress enjoy the ride on the Shakti Rath, in Bhopal on Tuesday. (Praveen Bajpai/ HT photo)

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday flagged off ‘Shakti Rath’ in Bhopal the occasion of International Women’s Day. Various functions in Bhopal and Indore marked the occasion

The Shakti Rath will publicise policies and schemes related to welfare of women. Women and child development minister Maya Singh was present on the occasion.

To commemorate International Women’s Day, various programmes were organised in the city. DGP Surendra Sinh felicitated police officers and brave girls in a function organised at Bharat Bhawan by MP police’s Crime Against Women cell. Sinh said MP police were acting tough on criminals. In the past two years, in more than 6000 crime cases against women, culprits were given life imprisonment and capital punishment.

Balaghat, IG, DC Sagar, DSP Kamla Joshi, Indore, IG, RP Shrivastava and his team and Bhopal IG Yogesh Chaudhary and his team were felicitated for their contributions. Painting and debate competition were also organised.

SBI organises medical check-up camp for women

State Bank of India organised a medical check-up camp for underprivileged women at Village Ratanpur near Bhopal. SBI has adopted this village under its Digital Village Scheme. These camps were organised pan India by SBI. In MP & CG the Bank organised twelve such camps to address the medical need of underprivileged women. The camp has been named as “Vanita Aarogya Sampada” the women beneficiaries underwent eye check-up, cancer detection, gynaec check-up, general check-up and check-up for diabetes.

NGO felicitates women

An NGO Sangini -Gender Resource Centre- felicitated 125 house hold workers for their active participation in raising voice against injustice with women in their areas.

The NGO director Prathana Mishra, activist Upasana, corporator Seema Saxena honoured women.

A symposium was organised to discuss over issues related to women in a city hotel.

Aarambh Organisation in coordination with Sight Savers organized an free eye camp for women. The 300 women participated in the camp.

Women bank employees also organised a rally to observe the International Women’s Day.

Contractual female teachers hand over red roses to CM

Contractual female teachers handed over red roses to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan demanding their regularisation of their services.

Free rides in buses for women in Indore

Female passengers enjoyed free rides in Indore’s buses on Tuesday, a scheme announced by authorities to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The special i-buses, decorated with pink balloons, were crowded as hundreds of women stepped in to take advantage of the plan.

“It’s amazing that the district administration even thought about it. My friends and I were visiting several places today and it came as big relief for us since we did not had to pay any ticket fee,” said Gauri Sharma, a student.

Mayor Malini Gaud called it a gift from the administration for all women in the city.

“It came as a pleasant surprise to me,” said Suneeta Nagrani, a housewife. “The entire journey would have cost me about forty rupees. But I didn’t have to pay anything.”

Film Jai Gangaajal screened

A private movie theatre organised a special screening of the film Jai Gangaajal in which Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra plays a tough cop. About hundred women were allowed to watch it free.

“I came with my daughter and my mother-in-law to see this film. We had heard a lot about the movie and it is a wonderful gift on this day,” said Priyanka Deshpandey, a housewife.

A media school in the city also arranged a felicitation programme along with a group discussion on “Challenges and opportunities faced by women journalists”.

The institute, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, honoured and lauded the efforts of female reporters and commentators in highlighting women’s issues.

Senior journalist Shashindra Jaldhari attended the programme that saw participants speak out on gender discrimination at workplace.

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