Calcutta: Sati Abolition Day Anniversary Cycle Rally Celebrates Women’s Empowerment | Calcutta News

KOLKATA: The Rammohan Library held a women-led cycling rally on Saturday to mark the 193rd anniversary of Sati Abolition Day. On December 4, 1829, thanks to the efforts of Raja Rammohan Roy, a law was passed by Governor General William Bentinck to abolish sati in the country. More than 150 bike enthusiasts, especially women, from the city, Burdwan and Midnapore took part in the 12 km rally to celebrate the emancipation of women.
“The idea behind our campaign was to converge three symbols into a single theme, beti, books and bikes, to make people realize that it is through knowledge and the cycle that women can achieve empowerment and emancipation, ”said one of the organizers, adding that the event is part of the one-year celebration of the 250th anniversary of Rammohan Roy’s birth.
The group started their journey from 113, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Roy’s residence and now the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, and passed through Shyambazar, Bagbazar, Girish Chandra Avenue, Kumartuli, Shobhabazar-Sutanuti, Nimtala Ghat Street, Ahiritola, Beadon Street, Raja Rammohan Sarani, Sukia Street and Vidya Sagar Street to get a glimpse of Kolkata’s old quarters that boast a rich history and Bengal Renaissance legacy. The rally ended at the Rammohan Library on APC Road.
Nabanita Mishra, teacher and founder of the West Midnapore Cyclers Club, came from Midnapore with 10 members to participate in the rally. “This is my first time exploring the alleys of old Kolkata by bicycle. Cycle is all about independence, self-confidence, empowerment and being a woman, leading a rally and a club is in itself meaningful, ”Mishra said. Priyanka Mitra, a resident of Sinthee, said: “Society still places restrictions on women and women are still not safe in the country. We hope to strengthen the rights of women.
As cyclists passed through Hatibagan’s ‘para theater’, organizers told stories about Bijan, Rangmahal, Rangana, Sarkarina, Star and Noti Binodini theater, and explained how the city’s theatrical culture has developed. is passed out. They also talked about two landmarks – Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and Bangiya Bigyan Parishad. Upon entering Bagbazar, cyclists toured the home of actor, director and writer Girish Ghosh. Minerva Theater, Chaitanya Library, Shovabazar Rajbari, Chattu Babu House, Bethune College, Vivekananda Residences, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, author Rajsekhar Basu and psychoanalyst Girindrasekhar Basu are other landmarks by which the rally is past.

Mara R. Wilmoth