Thursday, February 25, 2021

Committed to root out superstition and evil practices: Padma Shri Chutni Mahato

Session on Unflinching and Uplifting Journeys of Women

Jamshedpur: The final edition of Kaleidoscope, a series of five webinars co-hosted by Tata Steel Foundation and Confederation of Indian Industry-Indian Women Network (Jharkhand Chapter), was held today. The series has been bringing to fore extraordinary stories of ordinary women who defied societal norms, and in doing so, made remarkable achievements.

In its last edition, three unflinching and uplifting journeys of women driving social transformation became the center stage. While spearheading changes, they acted with respect, empathy and humility.

Chutni Mahato, from Birbhas village in Saraikela-Kharsawan district, who was conferred with Padma Shri this year, spoke to the audience about her journeys of rescuing and helping hundreds of women from atrocities over the years.

Chutni who has been doing her work since the past 20 years hopes to eradicate superstitious beliefs deep-rooted among the people so that the social evils of witch-hunting can be wiped off.

Rekha Singh, a teacher from Parwati Ghat and working for the 1000 Schools Programme of Tata Steel Foundation, has worked towards mainstreaming school dropout children of the area. She spoke about the importance of counselling children back to schools.


Malti Mardi is a SHG member from Daldali Panchayat, Jamshedpur block. Her journey from working as a labour to becoming a Sahiya in her panchayat was inspirational.

These inspiring stories were beautifully woven together by Mrs Smita Verma, a development professional at Tata Steel Foundation, Smita is passionate about women issues and has been working for the last 11 years with the women of Kolhan area in Jharkhand.

The session was hosted in presence of Sourav Roy, chief, corporate social responsibility, Tata Steel and Swastika Basu, chairwoman, CII-IWN Jharkhand Chapter and chief, enterprise risk management, Tata Steel. 

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