Problems Faced by Rural Women

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This is to focus on the problems faced by the rural muslim woman in the Kashmir Valley, their Aspirations and “Way Out ”, so that a bright, and a prosperous future is seen as a ‘REALITY’, which then can help in containing the ongoing crisis in the valley to some extent.

“REMEMBER” Woman is a backbone of any strong society. She is a source of constant support and motivation to the entire family. She is timid, soft and sweet and bears more pains then men. Woman are more innovative and self reliant and Lastly, given an opportunity they grow and excel in all spectrum of life.

ASPIRATIONS OF A MOTHER/WIFE/DAUGHTER ARE :-

MOTHER 
A Good Medical Care.

Ø Economically sound.

Ø Self Pride in the family.

Ø Highest Status in the family.

Ø Confirmed old age pension by the govt.

Ø A religious place to worship.

Ø Tension free old life/respect from her children.

Ø Special privilege by the govt.

Ø Decent last rites.

WIFE (A married woman, especially when considered in relation to her husband)

Ø Respectful Status as a wife.

Ø Self Pride/status in the family.

Ø Financial Security in terms of bank account.

Ø A religious place to worship.

Ø Tension free old life/respect from her children.

Ø Special privilege by the govt in govt jobs.

Ø Cheap/free medical care.

Ø Easy jobs – in village cottage industries.

Ø Women empowerment – Sarpanch/pradhan/join political parties.

Ø Free education upto degree level.

DAUGHTER

Ø A secured childhood.

Ø A healthy and confident child.

Ø Free/cheap medical care.

Ø Marriage to be solemnised before 25 yrs of age.

Ø Freedom to take up any job available in the valley or out side.

Ø Social freedom to interact with other communities.

Ø Compulsory deposit in banks by the parents.

Ø Option of mass marriage to be exercised by the govt for girls not getting married.

Ø Compulsory NCC training/self protection training in school and colleges.

Ø Monitory stipend by the govt to all girl Child. 

PROBLEM FACED

Basic amenities like village road, drinking water and electricity are not available in many villages till date.

Ø Malnutrition and almost nil medical care is available in the rural villages.

Ø School & colleges are only for name sake. More number of primary and middle schools be

opened.

Ø Unhygienic living conditions as no hygiene and sanitation facilities exist in the villages.

Ø There is no provision to supply K-oil and other daily needs.

Ø High infant mortality exist.

Ø Social welfare organisation are not reaching out to the villages.

Ø Village Panchayats are male dominated.

Ø Inter caste marriages are banned.

Ø Social discord exist in the rural society.

Ø Poor communication network.

Ø No cold storage facilities exist, hence their fruit/agriculture products suffer.

WAY AHEAD ! 

State Govt should ensure that all rural villages are provided with basic amenities like

approach road, drinking water and electricity.

Ø Basic Primary Health Care Centres are made available in the rural areas with availability of

medicines and doctors.

Ø Govt waste land be given to the poor to cultivate for their living.

Ø Availability of local market to their sale their product and also availability of modern

farming technique/precision agriculture tools.

Ø Reduce domestic violence/abuse through awareness by the NGOs/print and media

coverage.

Ø Adoption of children by other social communities. Rules to be relaxed by the State Govt.

Ø Curb on human right violations. No violation be accepted.

Ø Law of Land must be followed in true spirit.

Ø Environmental rights be safe guarded for a better tomorrow awareness.

Ø State and non-state actors role be checked so that, they do not commit human right

abuses. (like NGOs and MNCs) in the remote villages.

Ø Govt should ensure effective “Community Activities” on personal, legal, health, education

and sanitation projects...
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