GUWAHATI, June 20: As a responsible Corporate citizen, NRL has time and again taken up social issues that affect the masses. In yet another initiative, the company has embarked upon a journey to create awareness against the deadly menace of witch hunting by collaborating with Angeekar Films in screening its feature film Aei Maatite at different rural places in Golaghat and Bokakhat districts from June 5 to June 9, a press release stated.
During the five-day campaign launched by NRL and Numaligarh Sodhanagar Sakha Sahitya Sabha, special shows of Aei Maatite were organised at Mahuramukh, Bahikhowa village (Bokakhat), Betoni village (Sarupathar), Furkating and Numaligarh. In this drive to raise awareness amongst the rural folk against unscientific beliefs and superstitions, nearly 10,000 people were touched. Watching the film, many villagers came to the organisers and demanded more such screenings of Aei Maatite in other interior places, where such deadly practices are still going on. In many of the places, where the film was screened, there were no electricity connection at all and the show was conducted with generator set.
Speaking on the special shows by NRL, Aei Maatite’s director Dr Sitanath Lahkar said, “As the film is based on witch hunting issue, which is affecting people in rural areas and smaller towns, we were particularly interested to take the film to as many places as we can. It is really encouraging to see that a big corporate entity like Numaligarh Refinery has come forward to screen the film in some remote parts of our state with the sole motive to aware people against superstition and create scientific temperament in the society.”