The Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award 2017 will be presented to noted actor Moloya Goswami on My 21. Moloya Goswami is the first Assamese actor to win the National Film Award for Best Actress for the performance in the Assamese film ‘Firingoti’ (1992).
The chief guest on the occasion will be Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, noted physicist and poet. The Guest of Honour will be senior IPS officer Jyotirmoy Chakraborty. Noted writer Eli Ahmed who was honoured with the Padmashri this year will also be felicitated on the occasion. A panel discussion titled “Where are the women in Science?” will also be held on the occasion. And books of three writers will be released on that day.
This is the third year of the award. The winner of the award in the first year was journalist and author Indrani Raimedhi. The award was bagged by athlete Tayabun Nisha in the second year.
The award instituted by Women’s Hub, a collective of women professionals strives to celebrate the life of the trendsetting Assamese woman Late Yamin Hazarika who rose to be DCP, Delhi Police. She was a 1977 batch DANIPS (NCT of Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service) officer. This award was institutionalised to honour Hazarika, who passed away while still in service. She was the first woman police officer from Assam, a trendsetter in those times.
Yamin Hazarika was born in Guwahati to Shameem Hazarika and Mohammed Serajul Hazarika. She was a recipient of Nirman and Mahila Shiromani awards. Yamin Hazarika, deputy commissioner of police (crime against women), known for her impeccable track record in the force, including a three-month stint in Bosnia, died on July 24, 1999. She was 43. It was in Bosnia, where she was posted as part of the UN peacekeeping force, that she was found to be suffering from leukaemia. She was treated at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Institute and at AIIMS, Delhi where she passed away.