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Exciting: Women participate in games during the Women's Day celebration at Ranga Reddy Garden, Neelankarai, ECR. Photo: M. Karunakaran
Exciting: Women participate in games during the Women's Day celebration at Ranga Reddy Garden, Neelankarai, ECR. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Women residents of Ranga Reddy Garden, Neelankarai, celebrated Women's Day with a get-together at the Gateway American International School premises. Over 150 women participated in the celebration.

Rita Chandrasekar, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court, Uma Murali, Bharathanatyam and Kuchupudi dancer, and Alwyn Grace, Principal, Gateway American International School, were the guests on the occasion.

Srimathi Raghavan, secretary of the Ranga Reddy Garden Women's Association, welcomed the gathering.

Addressing the more than 150 members, Mrs. Rita spoke on legal perspective rights relating to women. She stressed on the need to nurture relationships within the family and stated emphatically that the concept of “in-law” should be construed as “in love.” The relationship between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law should be taken as mother-in-love and daughter-in-love,” she said.

Mrs. Uma spoke of offences against women and pointed out that women such as Sita and Draupadi from mythological times, despite the status that they enjoyed, suffered indignities. Mrs. Alwyn spoke at length about the contribution of women and mothers in the field of education.

Indrani Singh, president-elect delivered the vote of thanks and said women had great strength and potential in all the fields. Sailaja Reddy, Patron, Ranga Reddy Gardens and the women of the RR Gardens also spoke on the issue of environment conservation as RR Gardens is fortunate to have a natural water body.

The older residents spoke on how clean and green the area was and that it was unfortunate that due to rapid construction activity, the pond was getting polluted by the dumping of waste materials, construction materials and garbage. They said that in these days of water scarcity, it could cause the water table to fall and depletion of the very essential resource.

Some residents spoke on the need to plant trees and they are planning to have a Vanotsav or a festival for planting trees as the construction around the locality has resulted in the felling of trees and the once green RR Gardens has become brown and barren.

All the members pledged to plant trees. The women also spoke about social outreach with a laudable program of teaching the children in the neighbouring slums — " Each One, Teach One ".

A team consisting of Anitha Rajkumar, Sashi Kumaravel and Swarna Muralidhar has taken an oath to foster group unity and to have the layout in RR Gardens restored to its earlier serene beauty. There was food, fun, shopping, games and discussions to make the day memorable.

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