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D. Radhakrishnan
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Lions Club give awards to mark International Women’s Day

Lions district governor S. Paramasivam recognising special teacher Arul Mary in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Lions district governor S. Paramasivam recognising special teacher Arul Mary in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Known for relentlessly competing with each other in rendering service to society in general and the poor and downtrodden in particular, various Lions Clubs in the Nilgiris district joined hands on Thursday to commemorate International Women’s Day in a fitting manner.

As suggested by S. Paramasivam, governor, Lions International District 324B1, representatives of six clubs selected a dozen women from various walks of life who had shown over a period of time how women can stand out in their chosen field and be of use to society.

They were: Coimbatore-based social worker Geetha Paramasivam; conservationist Geetha Srinivasan; spiritual workers Mathaji Jnaneshwar and Gurupriya Nanda; social workers Indira Koithara, Kalyani Chidambaranathan, Nanda Goutham, and Vasantha Kumari; panchayat chief Rajeshwari Devadas; social activist Yasmin Z. Kothawala; special teacher Arul Mary; and staff nurse Vijaya.

Chief guest of the function, Geetha Srinivasan said that women have reached great heights. Indian history was replete with achievements of women, she said adding that the Rani of Jhansi is still being projected as a role model and the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was one of the best known leaders of the third world. Women should be nurtured and respected, she said. Crime against women should be dealt with stringently. It should attract the harshest punishment. The practice of female foeticide should be put an end to.

The celebration was the first of its kind here, said Saradha Nagarajan, Lions district chairperson. The recognition would not only be a shot in the arm for the awardees and a boost to womanhood but also motivate others to make themselves useful to society.

Earlier by way of paying homage to Evone Piljain, a Toda social worker of the Nilgiris who died a few months ago, participants stood up and observed silence for two minutes.

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