To reach the village of Morjada, one has to pass through fields of banyan, coconut and hibiscus trees, which seem to give the area a red coat. But hidden behind this beautiful scenery are villages filled with murky water, poor roads, and no electricity.
“Girls from this village suffer a lot. I myself did. Tarini didi was my teacher in school. Like all other girls in the village, I was to get married at a very early age. I was apprehensive and shared the same with Tarani didi. She motivated me help other girls like me cross over the river of early marriage. The whole school looked up to her in those days, ” adds Sachitanandamayee, the organisation’s present secretary.
The Late Tarani Chakraborthy, who was the founder and secretary of Sarada Ramakrishna Sevashram, was once upon a time the only educated woman in her village Morjada in South 24 Paraganas district, Kolkata. She belongs to a Bengali Brahmin family and her father used to work at the village temple.
The early 60s was a time of underdevelopment. It was a time when no importance was being given to women to get an education, and unemployment and poverty were rampant. Against this background, she moved out of her village to pursue a Bachelor’s degree from Calcutta. On graduating, she returned to her native village and took up the post of a primary teacher.