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THE GIFT: Thilakavathi looking at the memento, a model of Taj Mahal on a spatula, presented to her at the function. Photo: T. Singaravelou
THE GIFT: Thilakavathi looking at the memento, a model of Taj Mahal on a spatula, presented to her at the function. Photo: T. Singaravelou

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

PONDICHERRY: It was a programme organised to celebrate womanhood and three organisations working for women did it in a very simple style. They had invited Tamil Nadu police officer G. Thilakavathi, who has won the Sahitya Akademi award for her novel "Kalmaram" over as chief guest to the function. Her speech, which was in simple language, conveyed the message to the large number of construction workers and women who had gathered at the Andhra Maha Sabha hall in Pondicherry on Sunday.

Talking about the problem of dowry, she said it came into being in times when women did not have any right to property. "But in later stages men and women used it as a means to torture daughters-in-law. Now, even though law prohibits dowry and has given women rights to property it has not been accepted by society in full.

In the southern districts of Tamil Nadu in recent times there have been instances where fathers and brothers when they marry off daughters get the written consent of daughters not fight for the family property. If women are tortured today it is because of society of which you and I are a part but all this would change and it is changing for the better," she said.

Kalai Ilakiya Perumandram vice president Saleem, who spoke about the novel Kalmaram, said that it portrayed quite effectively the problems of construction workers. The programme, Magalir Ezhuchi Vizha, was a three in one with a poetry session in which Revathy, Rajalakshmi and two other students took part; a felicitation function and also women's day celebration. It was organised by three organisations Pondicherry State Kalai Ilakiya Perumandram, Pondicherry State Construction Workers Association and State unit of the National Federation of Indian Women.

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