Lady activist Linkan reaffirms her fight against social stigma

New Delhi: Odia social activist Linkan Subuddhi assaulted in Noida for preventing child marriage has shown her conviction to go back to children of JJ Colony and continue with her strive against the social stigma.

"I always love to do something for children from the deprived section of the society. Despite opposition from my family members, I have been doing this for the past five years," Linkan said.

As a software engineer by profession Linkan works in the night shift. During the day time she goes to the JJ Colony and works for the children who are unable to attend schools due to something or other constraints.

"Though girls were married off at an early age such as 12 years or 13 years, we cannot do much for them. However, when they protest and seek our help, we try to save them. We help them study in schools and get education. No one can deprive them of their rights to education," added Linkan who is recuperating at a private hospital in New Delhi.

State Commission for Women (SCW) chairperson Lopamudra Bauxipatra, BJD MP Renubala Pradhan and State Home Secretary Bipin Saxena visited Linkan at the hospital. They talked to the doctors of the hospital and enquired about the health of the lady activist.

"The main accused is still at large. We want the police to capture him as early as possible," said the BJD MP.

Meanwhile, BJP’s national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan condemned the brutal attack on the social activist. He said, "We will talk to the Uttar Pradesh government for security of Linkan and want an early arrest of the main accused."

In a related development, the National Commission for Women (NCW) constituted a two-member team comprising Uttar Pradesh NCW member Nirmala Sawant and Manasi Pradhan to probe the attack on the lady activist.

Notably, Linkan was attacked for trying to rescue a minor girl from a forced marriage in Noida on Thursday. The minor girl's prospective groom and her mother allegedly stabbed the activist and hit her with bricks, causing serious head injuries.