Egalitarian societies and nations that accord socio economic equality to women are bound to flourish sans impediments, opined District Judge V. Ramamurthy.

Addressing a seminar held here on Wednesday on the occasion of International Women's Day celebrations, Mr. Ramamurthy said that while the nation has progressed in several fields, equal status for women in society was still a far cry.

Only in the beginning of the 20th century did women get to exercise their franchise. The Association of Women Advocates, District Legal Services Authority, Bar Association and the Advocates' Association organised the International Women's day celebrations.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Y. Gladstone Blessed Tagore, Principal Sub Judge P. Suresh Kumar, Judicial Magistrate-II N. Ramakrishnan, Public Prosecutor P. Gunasekaran, Government Pleader R. Murugesan, Advocate Balakumar and others spoke.

In another function the Women's Front and SWATE Women's Organisations conducted rally to highlight the importance of International Women's Day in Karur. The rally, presided over by the Front's leader Jayammal, commenced at Pasupathypalayam. Pallappatti Town Panchayat. Former chairperson Munavar Jan flagged off the rally in which the SWATE secretary Christina, executive committee members A. Pakkiam, treasurer A. Manjula and others participated. Efforts should be made to prevent diversion of agricultural lands for others purposes, roofless women should be given patta in their names, expeditious action against those charged under Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act, prevention of rampant and illegal sand mining in Rivers Amaravathy and Cauvery, enforce prohibition and close TASMAC retail shops selling liquor were some of the other resolutions passed .