Saturday, March 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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‘Help women help themselves’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 8
The Department of Health Education and Family Welfare, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on ‘Population Increases, Women Decreases’ on March 7, 2002 on the eve of International Women’s Day at Sherpur Government School. More than 100 women health volunteers, women panchayat members, human rights workers, women law activists and women leaders attended the seminar. Women from slum and semi-slum areas also took part in the discussion.

The overall objective of the seminar was to create awareness among women about their reproductive rights, female foeticide and its impact on the population growth. During the seminar, Mr Gursharanjit Singh, a renowned human rights activists and social worker emphasised that despite the best efforts of the government, population has increased manifold. The existing rate of growth of population had nullified all development efforts.

Dr S.C. Gupta, Prof and Head, Department of Health Education and Family Welfare, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana stressed that the role of women should be productive and not merely reproductive. Dr Gupta further elaborated that figures of the 2001 census which have scared the authorities concerned show that sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years has declined sharply from 945 females per 1000 males in 1991 to 927 females today. Paradoxically, sex ratio decline is most prominent in the high per-capita income areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. As per ninth five year plan (1997-2002) the factors responsible for this continued decline have not been clearly identified yet. A majority of the decade’s programmes and projects in Punjab meant primarily for facilitating women’s access to productive resources and their actual participation in development have not brought the desired results due to lack of commitment among the agencies concerned.

Seminars organised by the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) and Punjab Istri Sabha marked the International Women’s Day celebrations here today.

At Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, the local wing of IHRO organised a seminar in which Ms Amarjit Kaur Bhullar, member, Punjab State Women Commission, was the chief guest and Dr Inderjeet Kaur, Chairperson, Pingalwara, Amritsar, was the guest of honour.

Ms Anup Kaur Bansal, Principal, welcomed guests and said the day was being celebrated to bring awareness among the girl students regarding atrocities committed on them by society. She said even though times have changed and girls have been given more liberty but much more needs to be done.

Dr Kanwaljit K. Bal, president of the Women Wing of IHRO, said women should not be considered inferior to men. Quoting examples from Gurbani, she said our gurus taught equality of sex but society fails to accept the fact. She said dowry system and female foeticide were largely prevalent in the society and education was the only solution to these problems.

Dr Sukhwant Kaur Mann, Dean, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, said that since most women were working today, men should support their wives in household chores. She said that husbands should not expect much from their wives and give them the freedom to take their own decisions. Others who spoke on the occasion were Dr D.S. Gill, President of the local unit of IHRO,and Ms Kuldip Kaur, former principal, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Istri Sabha organised a seminar at Vikas Nagar here today. Dr Chanchal Gupta from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said that women should fight for their rights and in case they were ill-treated for dowry or molested, they should not hesitate to report to the police.

Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, said that education could bring about women empowerment. She said educated mothers can bring about proper physical, mental, moral and spiritual development among their children, thereby leading to positive change in the social scenario.

Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Jaswant Singh Gill said a lot has been done for women liberation but much remains to be done in this direction. “Women belonging to the weaker section of society cannot focus on their individual rights. They need to be educated so that they may became financially sound and individually strong,” he said. Prof Kuldip Singh stressed the need of taking steps to check female foeticide.

A programme to make women aware of their rights was organised at Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib by Nari Chetna Manch Punjab here today.

The programme was attended by a large number women from the city and the surrounding villages.

Mrs Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, ex MP, and president Nari Chetna Manch Punjab while addressing the function said that the development of a good society depended upon women. She appealed women to help each other whenever they faced problems.

In another function organised at the local Civil Hospital, a calendar about the rights of women was released by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and Indian Non-Government organisations.

Dr Kamaljit Singh of WHO, Gursharnjit Singh, Secretary General of Apex Body of NGOs, Dr Dharmpal SMO and Dr P.D. Singla were among those present.


Dr Rajeev Gupta, Consultant Psychiatrist at Manas, a Psychologi-cal and De-addiction Centre, gave a talk on ‘Psychological Problems of Women’ to the students and faculty of the Khalsa College of Women here today.

While addressing the audience, Dr Gupta stressed the need for education and professional training in preparing the girls for the future. He advised the students to face life boldly and solve the problems as they appear in life.



Poor woman needs money for kidney transplant
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 8
With tears streaming down her face, 70-year-old Bhajan Kaur narrates the sufferings of her daughter Kiran, who has been diagnosed with kidney failure. Kiran receives twice-a-week dialysis treatment in Christian Medical College and Hospital here.

It all began a year ago when Kiran was admitted to the CMCH with high fever, nausea and acute abdominal pain. “She had a severe kidney infection and nephrectomy (kidney removal) had to be performed immediately. However, due to the residual-kidney failure, the patient has been on twice-a-week maintenance haemodialysis since then. She will have to continue with it for the rest of her life, unless she gets a kidney soon,” said Dr Basant Pawar, Head of the Department of Nephrology in the hospital.

The patient’s brother has agreed to donate his kidney and doctors have already approved the donor, but it is the estimated cost of the transplant — about Rs 1.5 lakh — that the family is finding impossible to arrange.

With two children and Kiran’s husband who has a small stall of eatables, the family earnings are not enough even to pay for continuous dialysis and medication. The family is under heavy debt after paying for the cost of dialysis for more than a year, so far. “We can’t borrow any more money from relatives and friends. At this age, I have also started working as domestic help, washing utensils to pay for my daughter’s treatment, but she continues to suffer,” says Kiran’s mother.

The dialysis of the patient is already being done on a concessional rate of Rs 400 and the hospital authorities have assured her of maximum help in case of a renal tranplant.

Every contribution will go a long way in saving the life of Kiran Bala. Anyone willing to help her may contact Dr Basant Pawar, Head of the Department of Nephrology in CMCH in Ludhiana, or Dr Cherian T. Sajiv, Lecturer in nephrology. The donation cheques can be issued in favour of: Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, for the treatment of Kiran Bala.



Lawyers donate blood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 8
The Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised a blood donation camp in collaboration with the Bar Association, Phagwara, in which 56 lawyers donated blood at the court premises.

A technical team comprising doctors and trained technicians enabled the camp to run smoothly under the supervision of Dr Amarjit Kaur, In charge, Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, DMCH. The collected blood shall aid the patients of trauma, surgery, oncology, orthopaedics etc, informed Dr Rohit Mehra, Senior Resident, Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine.

Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Kapurthala presided over the proceedings and spoke of the virtues of blood donation. Not only lawyers but judges and other staff of the court also came forward for this noble cause. Dr Navneet Virk, Dr Atul Verma and Dr Shipra Arora, medical interns, assisted the technical team. The blood will be screened for transfusion transmissible diseases and some blood shall be used for the manufacture of components, said Dr Pavneet Kaur, Senior Resident, Department of Transfusion Medicine.



Transfers of cops
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 8
The new Senior Superintendent of Police at Khanna, Mr Devinder Singh Garcha, has transferred all the SHOs and post heads of this police district, except the head of the CIA wing at Khanna and the SHO of the Payal police station. The orders were issued here today.

The head of the Doraha post, Mr Lekh Raj, has been transferred to the Khanna Sadar police station as an SHO, Sub Inspector Mr Sarwan Dass has been sent to the Khanna city police station as an SHO and Inspector Mr Gurpreet Singh has been shifted to the Samrala police station as an SHO.

Mr Anil Kumar Kohli, SHO of the city police station, has been sent to the Police Lines. Mr Dilbagh Singh, head of the Malaud police post, has been transferred to Machhiwara as an SHO. Mr Harbhajan Singh, Sub Inspector at Samrala, has been made the head of the Doraha police post and the ASI Mr Karnail Singh has been made the head of the Malaud post.

Sub Inspector Mr Rattanjit Singh has been appointed head of the city traffic police team. Inspector Mr Malkit Singh, SHO at Samrala, and the SI Mr Gurcharan Singh have been sent to the Police Lines.


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