Madurai

‘Women treated as second class citizens’

Times have changed: G. Aruna, Convener of a forum, speaking in Madurai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: G_Moorthy

Caste and religion were being used to divide people of this country, general secretary of Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front K. Samuel Raj said.

He was commenting on the current state of politics while speaking at an annual women’s conference organised by Life Insurance Corporation of India Employees’ Union Women's Sub-Committee on Sunday. Women were treated as second class citizens, but only they had the ability to change the world.

With song, dance, drama and speeches, the panel celebrated its 31st anniversary. Employees from Madurai, Virudhunagar, Theni, Dindigul, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts took part in the event.

S. Selva Gomathi, Deputy Director of SOCO Trust, a Madurai-based non-governmental organisation, and S. Kausalya, wife of Shakar, who was murdered for marrying outside her caste, were felicitated at the event.

Reminiscing the formativeyears, M. Mallika, one of the participants, said “When this initiative began, women were scared to go up on stage.

Men performed for us then. Look at the scenario now. From start to finish, everything is handled by us,” she said.

P. Ramesh Kannan, general secretary, said these days women brought up social and political issues such as objectification of women in media. This was not the case earlier.


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