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Silent women in black protest quota

WOMEN?S ORGANISATIONS of the City came forward today to protest reservation by taking out a silent rally from Regal Square to Palasia Square in the evening.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 15:25 IST

WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS of the City came forward today to protest reservation by taking out a silent rally from Regal Square to Palasia Square in the evening.

Meanwhile, the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) has reposed full faith in any decision that is taken by fellow students from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in wake of the Supreme Court directives.

Spearheading the women’s movement, Dr Rajni Bhandari said that women from all walks of life, particularly housewives, have come forward to protest the reservation policy, as it would affect the future of their children.

Indian women through the ages have played the role of protectors and forbearers of the social fabric, culture and mores of the unique civilisation of tolerance, peace and universal brotherhood and have taken the sword in their hands when the time demanded for protecting what they cherished and taught to their young, she said.

The rally was observed as a ‘black day’, mourning the un-pragmatic decision of the government and all political outfits that supported it for vested purposes of protecting vote bank they had fostered over nearly 60 years of independence. All participants wore black clothes to symbolise their protest and remained silent.

They carried placards and banners during their march from the centre of the MG Road to its confluence with AB Road. The protesters comprising about 50 big and small women’s organisations of the City - including social servants, Rotarians, Lionesses, working women, women from various community-based organisations, kitty party groups and housewives - participated in this rally.

About 100 girl students of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College also participated in the rally that was flagged off by students sitting on hunger strike from hotel Apsara on RNT Marg.

The women’s groups have drafted a letter expressing their feelings regarding reservation and they intend to send it to United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

State JDA general secretary Dr Rai, who is just back from Delhi, said that the President had avoided meeting them initially and finally sent word that they could come sans the medals and honours returned by merit holders of MGM. He said that a meeting of AIIMS doctors was being convened in the evening to decide the future course of action of the strike in the light of the SC ruling.

JDA representative Dr Avinash Gupta said that they were united and would take the fight to the finish. He said they would adhere to the decision taken at AIIMS by nighttime today. If the strike continues the JDA would court mass arrest.