Women from Gujrat campaign for women safety and greener earth

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
20 Aug 2018

Sunita Singh and her sister Rekha, two young women cyclists who are on an expedition from Gujrat to Nepal to campaign on women safety and  nature conservation were accorded grand welcome on arrival in Malda today.
Sunita, 32 and Rekha, 25 are Gujrat government's brand ambassadors for 'Beti Parao, Beti Bachao' project. They started their expedition from Somnath temple in Gujrat and are to conclude at the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. The two sisters were received by members of Rotary Club of Malda Central at Kaliachak today and felicitated at the club premises on Monday afternoon.

While interacting with girls and women, Sunita said, "Despite several efforts by the society and the government, victimization of the girl-children is a painful phenomenon in our country. The girls and women of our country have proved their skills and worth equally with their male counterparts almost on all segments demanding both physical and intellectual resources. Still their victimization continues. We, on our way, have been interacting with people from all walks of the society to encourage them for standing together against atrocities against women."
Rekha while exchanging views with local women during the interactive session urged them to fight for saving greeneries to protect nature. "We are standing on the verge of doom. This is time we got cautioned and restrain our greed. We all know the deadly effect of deforestation. Still we are sleeping with our eyes open. We should raise our voices together to save our mother earth from impending doom," she said.
Overwhelmed with the warm receptions from residents of different states, the two sisters claimed that instead of cycling for over 3500 km so far, they never felt exhausted. "The expedition taught us numerous lessons. We have already touched parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odissa. Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal so far. Locals have encouraged us and supported our expedition in their own styles. We felt that despite differences in culture and languages our country is united," Sunita said.
Daughters of a former senior officer of border security force, the two sisters would resume their expedition from Malda on Tuesday morning.
"It was a great opportunity to spend time with Sunita and Rekha. Their indomitable spirit bewildered us. The causes that prompted them to take up the expedition moved us too. We want to be their comrades by contributing in our own ways so that our country becomes a better place," said Debapriya Saha, district secretary general of Rotary District 3240.