An initiative of The Hindu to honour women, they were given roses at eight traffic signals across Coimbatore

Sangeetha Vijayabhaskar, riding pillion with her husband, was in for a pleasant surprise when she was stopped at the Lakshmi Mills Junction here on Thursday.

It was 8 a.m. when she was greeted with a rose on International Women's Day.

And, like her, many girls and women on two-wheelers and in cars were greeted at eight signals across the city.

It was indeed a happy moment for Ms. Sangeetha and many others when they received roses on their way to college or work.

And, it was an equally happy occasion for the nearly 100 students of SSVM World School who handed over the roses to them.

An initiative of The Hindu to honour women, representatives of the daily along with students were spotted at eight signals covering the main areas of the city such as Ramanathapuram, Singanallur, Lakshmi Mills, Saibaba Colony, R.S. Puram, Gandhipuram, Pappanaickenpalayam, and Lawley Road, handing out roses.

The event was formally launched at Lakshmi Mills Junction by Vice-Chancellor of Avinashilingam University for Women Sheela Ramachandran in the presence of managing trustee and correspondent of SSVM World School Manimekalai Mohan. Both the women personally handed over roses to many at the signal for sometime.

Ms. Ramachandran said that irrespective of whether a woman was formally or informally educated, it was the strength of mind that empowered her. However, in the pursuit of empowerment, feminity and grace should not be sacrificed.

Ninth standard students R. Aayushi and K. Aashi said they felt privileged to have got an opportunity to greet so many women on a single day. Women were very happy to receive the roses, they said.

Students at all the signals were enthusiastically giving roses to even those in local, college, and company buses.

Health camp

After the roses, it was time for health. The Hindu , in association with PSG Hospitals, organised a free health camp for women to mark the International Women's Day.

Thirty-five-year old Lakshmi Palanisamy was the first woman to undergo the free check-up, which included a cervical cancer screening test, pap smear, colposcopy, and breast examination that would include mammography if required, besides some other tests.

She had registered after reading about the health camp in the newspaper.

“This is the right age to undergo these tests. The best way to celebrate Women's Day and my wedding anniversary is by getting a clean chit on my health,” she said.

As many as 23 women in the age group of 20 years to 66 years had registered by 10 a.m.

Screening

The health screening would be conducted on March 9 too.

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