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center, you’ve been very forthright and vociferous
in condemning this scourge.
You recently went to India and spoke at various
conferences, including in Hyderabad and elsewhere, highlighting this issue and castigating the
proliferation of this phenomenon.
I strongly feel that the future of a nation — any
nation — depends on how we treat our women.
They are the ones who bear our children, who
one day will rule a particular country.
If we do not respect the women, then a nation
cannot prosper, it cannot progress.
I have seen with my own eyes, when I was growing up, how women are mistreated — widows and
female children in particular.
They are not only sexually abused, but also
abused physically, and they are brought to work
when they are minors, not provided education.
Seeing that, I strongly feel that as Rosa Parks
stood her ground and refused to move to the back
of the bus bringing Martin Luther King and the
civil rights movement, a person can make a difference.
So, I took a stand that violence against female
children and women must stop.
Sambhu Banik, left, with former Indian finance minister and now Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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When I got married, I was so shy. Coming from
India it was all very new, and then I met him.
His community activism and playing host to so
many people was sometimes too much.
But I managed.
I learnt everything from him. He has taught me so
I am very thankful to him for teaching me everything from cooking to socializing.
I am happy about everything that he did for me
and he did for the public.
And he is still doing it for the community.
Even people he doesn’t know come to him, call
him. He might have never even seen them, but he
has helped them.
Even they (the people who ask for his help) might
not know him. They might have heard his name
from some sources and they call him and say, ‘Dr
Banik, we need help.’
And he says, ‘Okay, I’ll help you.’
And he does help. He will. He will spend hours on it.
He is very loyal and very honest, be it in his community work or social life.
And that’s why we are blessed.
— Promila and Dr Sambhu N Banik have been
married for 40 plus years.
Promila and Sambhu Banik in their youth.