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12:00 AM, November 30, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 30, 2010

Chitra Bhattacharya passes away


Chitra Bhattacharya, former member of parliament and wife of Justice Debesh Bhattacharya, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata at around 4:30am yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 84, says a press release.
Chitra, also a human rights activist, left behind her sons economist Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya and Physicist Dr Debadarshi Bhattacharya (Dipen) and daughter Debalina Roy and a host of well-wishers and admirers to mourn her.
She was born into an aristocrat Zamindar family in Netrakona.
All through her life, she played an active role in pursuing the progressive feminist issues, human rights movements and various social agendas. She was elected member of parliament from Tangail for the seat reserved for women in 1996 and 2001 as an Awami League candidate. She was also a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Finance, former vice-president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and member of the advisory council and an active member of the Legal Aid Committee.
She was associated with many social and philanthropic organisations, including Ramkrishna Mission, Gandhi Ashram, Dhaka Orphanage Society, Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Oikya Parishad and Puja Udjapan Parishad.
Chitra contributed to spreading education and initiating many social activities on various capacities in Tangail.
Chitra completed her matriculation from Rangpur, intermediate from Ananda Mohan College in Mymenshingh and later obtained a masters degree from Dhaka University on sociology.
She will be cremated in Kolkata today (Tuesday) and her final rites will take place in Dhaka and Elenga.

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