ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ila Pathak (1933-2014)

In the passing away of Ila Pathak on 9 January in Ahmedabad, Gujarat has lost a dedicated social activist who stood by the excluded sections of society, especially brutalised women. She tirelessly supported women survivors of dowry harassment, rape victims, victims of crimes of honour not only in the towns and cities but also in the rural and tribal areas.

Ilaben brought her own energies and perspective to the women’s movement. She had been an untiring worker right from the beginning. A master’s degree in law and a PhD in English literature were indicative of her capacity to achieve the goals she had set for herself. Her devotion to working for women’s rights and development was reflected in her writings and action through the Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group (AWAG) and the numerous institutions she was associated with.

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