Trinco women rights activist passes away
[TamilNet, Friday, 09 January 2004, 17:38 GMT]
Miss Harsini Antonysamy (26), a leading women rights activist in Trincomalee, died of cancer in a Colombo hospital Friday. She has been the Trincomalee district organizer of the Theatre Action Group of the Jaffna University, sources said.
She started her social service through the Development Unit of the
Trincomalee District Young Men Association in 1997. Later she became the
Trincomalee organizer of the Jaffna University Theatre Action Group, which
was responsible for several plays staged in the northeast depicting the
suffering of Tamil women due to atrocities, committed by the government
troops during war, sources said.
Miss Harsini participated in several women rights agitations in
Trincomalee, Jaffna, Colombo and Batticaloa during 1999 and 2000, sources said.
She had been in the forefront of the Tamil Resurgence (Pongu Thamil)
celebrations held in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar
and organized dramas and other cultural items giving importance to women
rights, sources said.
Trincomalee has lost a leading women right activist at a time her services
are needed to take forward the struggle of Tamil women in the district,
She was diagnosed of cancer two months ago and had undergone
treatment first in Trincomalee general hospital and later in Colombo
hospital. Finally she passed away in a Colombo hospital Friday, sources said.
She has been a resident of Orr's Hill in Trincomalee. Her body is to be
brought to Trincomalee from Colombo on Saturday, sources said.