Kolkata: Students of Kolkata’s JD Birla Institute (JDBI) organised a silent rally from from Calcutta Rowing Club (CRC) to their college campus in Lower Rawdon street. The rally was organized to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
The 6-kilometre silent walk was based on UN’s International Women’s Day theme for 2017, Be Bold For Change. The rally marked the second of its kind by the college, after 2013.
“The department of Human Development in the institute organised the rally, based on this year’s theme, Be Bold For Change. With this rally, we wanted to create awareness among our children that if they are bold enough, they can conquer almost anything. We hope that one day, we would make India the most beautiful and the greatest country ever,” said DR Deepali Singhi, principal of JD Birla Institute.
Supriya Chaturvedi, a student of the institute, said, “We took this step to show the society that all we need is the determination to do what we want. This objective was to put forward the message of women’s empowerment. We could do this only because of the support of our college. This was to show that if we all come together, we all can achieve a lot.”
The rally also saw men walking. “We gathered to walk with the women and let them know that they are not alone. We will support them in their struggle for rights that they have long been deprived of,” said Abrati Saha, student of JDBI college.
The walk saw around 500 students holding placards with powerful messages on them. A few of them also dressed up as some famous female torchbearers of the society, including Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Jhasi ki Rani and Kiran Bedi.