Achievers felicitated by Vijayawada police on eve of Women’s Day

While city police chief gives away awards to 30 women and vows to spread their life stories to inspire others, visually-impaired students walk the ramp

Published: 08th March 2018 01:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2018 05:47 AM   |  A+A-

A mother, who donated her brain-dead son’s organs, being felicitated by Commissioner of Police, Gautam Sawang a day before the International Women’s Day (March 8) in Vijayawada on Wednesday | P RAVINDRA BABU

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: Vijayawada city police felicitated 30 women achievers, names of whom were nominated by different police stations, as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations held at the Police Commissionerate, here on Wednesday.

The women were honoured for the examples they had set in front of other women, by fighting against the odds in their lives and emerging victorious and for supporting and facilitating the ‘Mahila Mithra’ initiative of the city police.

Choragudi Kavitha and Koranti Maria Rani were two such, among others, who were selected for the ‘women achiever’ award given by the city police for the year 2018. Kavitha, in her mid-30s, showed extreme composure and great humanity when she was confronted by the greatest tragedy in her life - death of her younger son Rakesh in a road accident on 18 February, 2018. Her’s is a family of daily wagers and the loss of a male member an irreparable damage. She was at a loss and extremely depressed. But she, when made aware, donated her dead son’s organs to the needy. “It’s a huge loss for our family. We lost our loving son. But when I came to know about organ donation, I immediately gave my nod to donate my son’s organs, hoping that he will be alive in other persons,” said Kavitha.  

While Kavitha became a symbol of humanity, as she negotiated her great personal loss, Maria Rani, 38, was felicitated for her courageous fight to save her family from near extinction after the death of her husband. Following the death of her husband in 2008, Maria Rani, the mother of three, went into a depression and wanted to put an end to her life. But when she realised that her death would make her three children orphans, she decided to fight it out.  She mustered courage and started a new life as a vegetable vendor in the local Rythu bazaar in the city. After ten years today, her eldest daughter is working as a nurse, another daughter is a first year Intermediate student and her son has passed the tenth standard. This city woman therefore, police sources feel, is an achiever and role model for others.

Addressing the gathering present on the occasion, Commissioner of Police, Gautam Sawang, said that the Vijayawada police were going to project the strengths of these women achievers to inspire the public and boost the ‘Mahila Mithra’ initiative to better address the women’s issues. “Utilising their inborn traits of hardwork and courage, women can channel their positive energy into entrepreneurial activities successfully. The department always supports such women achievers and stands by them,” he said.

Apart from Kavitha and Maria Rani, three other women were awarded for being ‘achievers’ in life. Three other women, from different walks of life, were honoured for being ‘role models’, who inspired people through their profession and 22 other women were awarded for being the best counsellors and best facilitators of the Mahila Mithra initiative of the city police.

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