Eminent writer, feminist activist, and art, drama and music critic, Maitreyi Chatterjee passed away peacefully on 17 January, 2012.
She was active in advocating for the release of non criminal women prisoners in 1985. She also deposed before the Bantala Commission after conducting an independent enquiry in the case, and campaigned tirelessly for justice for Archana Guha and for the punishment for Runu Guhu Neogi.
She wrote extensively in the newspapers and magazines including Desh, Sabala, Pratikhan, Kalantar
, Chalar Pathey, Protibidhan, Manabi
, Joutha Mahila Udyog, Shethu etc. on women’s issues with a feminist perspective. Her books dealing with women’s rights, communalism, healthcare, education, literature and a variety of other issues are widely acclaimed. She co-edited a book on the attack of women in Gujarat
and her work also includes a book on women artists and creators and a special Puja literary issue dedicated to women.
Her passing leaves a void in the women’s movement
and her voice against State Oppression will be sorely missed.
On behalf of Nari Nirjatan Pratirodh Mancha
Mira Roy – 98301 93003
Saswati Ghosh – 98302 46265