In a remarkable initiative for safety, security and protection of women and young girls, in remote Malda district of West Bengal, prominent women's activist Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, known as ‘Nirbhoy Didi' in the region delivered oath to the students and teachers on how to protect themselves and their fellow citizens.
The event took place at a 100 year old historical Naugharia High School located at Village Fulbaria, Block 6 - English Bazar, Malda.
Villagers from around 20 villages, namely, Fulbaria, Nagharia Colony, Darshalla, Baalupur, Sekendarpur, Vaganbanpur, Fatepur, Niamatpur, Aanandamohanpur, Bhartitari, Lalapur, Milky, Notun Nagahria, Puratan Nagharia, Amrity, Bindpara and Brahmonpara gathered at the school to commemorate the International Women's Day.
Nirbhoy Didi undertook ‘WALK FOR JUSTICE' in the early morning on 8th March in the villages as stated above, along with the Nirbhoy Volunteers.
On Tuesday, March 3, at New Delhi's India Habitat Centre, Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji became the Brand Ambassador of this unique initiative of Nirbhoy Gram Campaign.
Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury presented the Nirbhoy Plaque to Rani Mukerji and jointly campaigned for the cause of Fearless Village.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, on Monday, March 8, at Malda, Nirbhoy Didi donated an Ambulance (named as Nirbhoy Didi Suraksha Jan) to the Naughria High school to provide a medium of transportation for the poor population during any medical emergency or crisis of safety and protection.
The ambulance shall serve as an emergency vehicle for transportation of sick patients from villages to hospitals. Many patients meet their worst fate in absence of any transport facility and shall allow them to reach the medical facility on time and seek services. This ambulance shall provide
services to nearly 20 villages in the vicinity of the school.'
Nirbhoy Didi also honoured brave girls and teachers with Nirbhoy Medal on this occasion.
What is Nirbhoy Gram campaign?
Nirbhoy Gram is a powerful campaign in Malda district of West Bengal with an aim to empower 3000 villages which primarily focuses on safety and security of women and children.
The initiative has been envisioned as a people's movement for safety, security and justice to women at the grassroot.
The brutal incident of rape of "Nirbhaya" on December 16, 2012 in New Delhi highlights the most atrocious forms of violence in our society.
Nirbhaya emerged as a symbol of fearless existence. The symbolic character Nirbhaya inspired activist Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury to engineer a called Nirbhoy Gram (Fearless Village) in the year 2012. The core idea is to motivate and empower villagers towards eradication of poverty, fear, illiteracy and social maladies from their daily lives.