Mridhula Gopi, a third-year B.Com student of Kochi’s Maharaja’s College has scripted history by becoming its first female chairperson. No girl had assumed this position in the 70 years of the college’s history. Contesting the students’ union election on behalf of the Students Federation of India (SFI), besides Mridhula, seven other girls have won. They will be holding key posts in the college union.

Mridhula Gopi defeated Fuvad Muhammed of the Fraternity Movement by 121 votes. Gopi won 884 votes.

She told TOI that people were skeptical about her ability to shoulder such a huge responsibility.

“However, that never dampened my spirit, as I was confident that I will be able to live up to the trust reposed on me by the federation.” she averred.

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Future Vision

Maharaja College’s maximum population comprises girls so Mridhula wants to address their concerns. “Despite catering to a lot of other needs, the infrastructure requirements have taken a backseat often, and girls have to bear the brunt because of it. We will definitely strive towards making it much better”, she told  TOI.

Earlier they had staged several demonstrations against the Centre’s imposing GST on sanitary napkins. She says, “At that time, we had signed a mass petition and also protested with placards, in which ‘Bleed without fear, Bleed without tax’ was inscribed.

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She is hopeful that a college union dominated by girls will go a long way. ‘These girls have also actively taken part in campaigns related to gender equality”, she adds.

Launching an anti-ragging cell and a women’s cell are also on her agenda. She also aspires to curb the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

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“Given that ours is a government college, there are many problems that girls face, when it comes to getting access to the required amenities in the campus. We will see to it that girls do not face any discomfort in this regard.” she tells about her immediate plan.

Seeing young women at the helm of affairs is a true sign of women empowerment. Such instances make us believe that with inspirational women like Mridula around, gender equality is not a distant dream.

Pic Credits: thenewsminute.com

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