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No significance of Mother's Day, say women labourers

Siliguri , Sun, 08 May 2011 ANI

Siliguri, May 8 (ANI): Women stonecutters in Matigara block near West Bengal's Siliguri District on Sunday said an occasion like Mother's Day do not hold any significance in their lives, as they are unable to provide basic requirements of their children.They said the occasion holds no meaning for them, as they toil all day long and have never heard about it.


"I don't know what the Mother's day is? How would I know? Neither I am educated nor can I impart knowledge to my children. I don't even know how the day is celebrated?" said Maloti Roy, a stonecutter.


Roy further said that they have no option, but to work and provide daily meal to their family.


"We are mothers but what else can we do? We are not able to eat proper meals and cannot educate our children. We don't know what mother's day is and we have heard this for the first time from you," said Jarna Roy, another stonecutter.


They work for 12 to 14 hours a day for a meager amount of Rs. 70-80.


Mother's Day was first observed in 1907 by a small community at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, who wanted to do something special in honour of her deceased mother.


Encouraged by the response, Jarvis and her friends then began a letter campaign to create a Mother's Day observance, a move which got millions across the world involved in the unique celebration.


In 1914, legislation was finally passed by the Congress in the US designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.


On this day, most children in the urban areas are seen crowding gift shops in search of special gifts to express their love for their mothers. (ANI)


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