Today there are lots of things that are happening in the name of women empowerment in India and lot of resources are spent in this direction. When we talk about women empowerment in India the most important aspect that comes into the mind is the attitude of the society towards women. Women are still considered as burden and liabilities. The bottom line is Women empowerment in India is not possible unless violence against women is eradicated from the society. Can you even imagine what‘s the actual ground situation?
Before moving to actual ground situations, we would like to let you know one of the statements , ‘Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture, or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace.’
- In a series of interviews in the National Family Health Surveys (NFHS)-3, it came out that every third Indian woman aged between 15 and 49 years said that she had experienced violence in her lifetime.
- In India, one in every ten women reported facing physical assault by their husbands during their lifetime.
- National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics show crimes against women increased by 7.1 percent nationwide since 2010, in other words this crime against a woman is committed every three minutes in India.
According to NCRB , Between 1971 and 2013, reported rapes , cases of kidnapping and abduction of women , cases of molestation and eve-teasing and cases of cruelty by husbands and relatives and dowry have been increasing at an alarming stage.
And Surprisingly, the rates of increase in reported violence against women are higher than the rate of growth of population in India, which was about 2 per cent per year between 1971 and 2011.
Indeed, NFHS reveals that “More than half of women in India (54 percent) believe that it is justifiable for a husband to beat his wife” (International Institute of Population Sciences 2007: 46). Oh My God, Really!
- A dowry death is a murder or suicide of a married woman caused by a dispute over her dowry. Nonetheless, Incidents of dowry deaths have decreased 4.5% from 2011 to 2012, but has increased from 8,172 reported dowry deaths in 2008 to 8,233 reported dowry deaths in 2012.
- Can you believe this that at every 9 minutes a case of cruelty is committed by eitherof husband or a relative of the husband. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse. Domestic violence can be subtle, coercive or violent. In India, 70% of women are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence by a husband or his relatives is the greatest occurring crime against women.
- About 13 crore households still don’t have facility to fill water within their homes, so they have to fetch it from outside almost every day.
- The number of households that are dependent on firewood, cow dung cakes or crop residue is 16 crore, a whopping 66 percent of India’s population.
- Nearly 13 crore households do not have toilets in their homes. This is not just a health problem. Women have to go out either before dawn or at dusk, a huge security risk. Multiple cases of harassment, assault and rape are reported to have occurred when women step out for their toilet needs.
The irony of the situation is, those insisting on women to stay in certain boundaries don’t strangely seem to have any issues about sending them out to far-off areas for such daily drudgery or something as basic as answering nature’s call.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Now Jan Seva Samiti, aNGO for women empowerment
ask you without any solid actions can we achieve empowerment of women in India with these alarming and dismal ratios? OR you are still in need of some more eye-opening facts? We need to unite for a change that will empower our nation by empowering our women. Let’s stand together and raise our voices for the development of a good society.
Below are some initiatives taken by Jan Seva Samiti for empowering the WOMEN
- Raising community awareness through public seminars.
- Improving Child Health Outcomes and Decreasing Maternal Mortality Ratio by spreading the Knowledge
- Livelihood trainings:
- Training in Tailoring and Embroidery
- Training in job oriented computer courses
- Training in making Food items at a small scale level
- Microfinance loans to women or young entrepreneurs either to attain gainful training or specialized education; or to establish their business.