LTTE commemorates first woman martyr

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 October 2003, 02:36 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is commemorating the 16th anniversary of its first woman martyr, 2nd Lt. Malathy, throughout the Northeast on Friday. The LTTE’s women wing said in a statement that it would also observe the women’s awakening day on the same day.

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The main entrance of the St Mary's Girls College, Trincomalee where the Thamileelam Women Resurgence day was held
The statement said that on this day of awakening, the people should remember the contributions of 2nd Lt. Malathy and recognize the fundamental changes the Tamil liberation struggle has created in Tamil society in regard to the equality of women.

“The struggle has freed people from the shackles of superstitious customs, infused new blood and taken the society in new directions,” the statement said. “Liberation does not mean just freedom from foreign domination and tyranny, but also freedom from religious and gender discrimination and oppression of women.”

Marches, guest speeches and arts and cultural programs are to be held Friday at various locations in the Northeast, sources said.

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LTTE Trincomalee women wing deputy head ms Nalini hoisting Thamileelam national flag
Meanwhile, on Thursday at 4 p.m., a function to commemorate 2nd Lt. Malathy was held in the Vanni. Ms. Thamilini, the leader of the LTTE’s women’s political wing, presided over the frunction. The leader of the LTTE, Mr. V. Pirapaharan also attended, sources in the Vanni said.

Mr. Pon Thiyagam and Ms. Archana, the head and deputy head respectively of the Martyr’s office, and Ms. Sudarmahal, the head of the ‘Chencholai’ children's home, also participated.

Ms. Kalyani of the Malathy brigade gave the welcome speech and Ms. Thamilini gave the keynote address. A book on the history of the Malathy brigade, with 11 chapters and 565 pages, was released at the event. The release was headed by Ms. Ulagamangai of Capt. Vanathy publications. Ms. Malaimahal of the Malathy brigade gave the introductory speech for the book.


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Tomb of 2nd Lt Malathi at Kopay area where she died in athe battle with Indian army

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students pay homage to 2nd Lt Malathi at Kopay

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2nd Lt Malathi photo is being garlanded at Kopay

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Mothers of two LTTE martyrs lighting the general flame of sacrifice


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