Veteran CPI leader and champion of women’s rights Bani Dasgupta died here today, family sources said.

She was 88. Her husband, a CPI leader and former editor of Kalantar Daily Patrika Prabhat Dasgupta, had predeceased her in 2006.

Dasgupta was born in Kolkata in 1924 and did her college education from the BM College at Barisal in East Pakistan. She plunged into students politics at that time and continued it actively during her education at Calcutta University.

Dasgupta was involved with the ‘Mahila Atmaraksha Samity’ of undivided CPI and the National Federation of Indian Women.

She was also actively involved in spreading the women’s movement during the Second World War and spent five years in jail.

Condoling her death, CPI state secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar said her contribution to the party would be remembered.

She was also an active member of ‘Anushilan Samiti’, which was a secret, armed anti-British organisation in Bengal during the Independence movement, Majumdar said.

(This article was published on August 4, 2012)
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