Guwahati: A stalwart of feminist movement in Assam, Chandraprabha Saikiani, has been featured on BBC Hindi as part of its short documentary series.
BBC Hindi is bringing the story of 10 women who have strengthened the foundations of democracy. Saikiani was at the forefront in voicing out for women’s rights and acted as a social reformer. The documentary acknowledges the contribution of Saikiani in the women’s movement in Assam.
The two-minute-22-second documentary on Saikiani was uploaded by BBC-Hindi on YouTube on August 22 and till date it has received more than 10,000 views.
Her rejection to patriarchal practices such as the “purdah” system along with her resolve to women’s education and opening a primary school at the age of 13 was depicted through the animated video.
The video reflects Saikiani’s refusal to accept societal norms for women of the time such as rejecting child marriage, being a single mother and riding on a cycle across the state to make women aware of their rights.
The documentary relates two incidents to narrate how proactive Saikiani was in voicing against the evils that she saw in the society. Once, where she voiced her apprehension against the segregation of women in seating arrangement at the Nagaon session of Asam Sahitya Sabha and in another incident, it is showcased how Saikiani helped people from lower caste to access water from a common source.
The short video also speaks about Saikiani’s contribution to India’s Independence movement as she participated in the Non- Cooperation movement in 1930, and was also sent to prison. She was an active Congress worker till 1947.
Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samity (APMS) has expressed their excitement on the documentation of the life and works of Saikiani and believes that it will help the new generation to know about her.