TAMIL NADU

Award for Indian Council for Child Welfare

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Women members of self help groups in Usilampatti block, Madurai, have helped wipe out female infanticide in the area, said Andal Damodaran, vice-president, Indian Council for Child Welfare, (ICCW)-Tamil Nadu.

Speaking at the 103rd birth anniversary function of Rani Lady Meyyammai Achi of Chettinad, organised by Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Memorial Trust here on Thursday, she said: “The adolescents we trained 20 years ago are now young mothers. They have taken an oath to respect the girl child.”

The trust has chosen the ICCW for the Rani Lady Meyyammai Achi Birthday Commemoration Award for 2007 for its work to uplift women and children. The award comprised a silver salver, a citation and Rs. 1 lakh. “Initially we started working in five villages, and are at present covering 309 villages of the Usilampatti taluk,” Ms. Damodaran said, attributing the organisation’s success to teamwork and to its founder members, including Sarojini Varadappan and Manjubashini. She said the Mother and Child Welfare Project was started in Usilampatti block in 1988. Since 2000, the block had not recorded any incidence of female infanticide.

Madras High Court judge K. Suguna presented the award. He recalled the contribution of Lady Meyyammai to women’s welfare. Co-optex managing director M.P. Nirmala spoke about Lady Meyyammai’s hospitality and concern for the poor. The trust patron M.A.M. Ramaswamy and president M.A.M.R. Muthiah spoke.

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