Domestic Violence Awareness
Domestic Violence Awareness is endemic. Around 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence. National Crime Records Bureau reveal that a crime against a woman is committed every three minutes, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes, and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the husband occurs every nine minutes. This all occurs despite the fact that women in India are legally protected from domestic abuse under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. About 59 % women in Bihar are subjected to domestic violence at home and pregnant women are the worst sufferers. Among them 62.2 per cent of its women were subjected to the trauma of domestic abuse in urban areas compared to 58.5 per cent of women from villages. The main reasons behind it include the desire for male child, resistance to female foeticide and denial of physical intimacy.
A large number of males also beat up their wives during pregnancy. According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) figures for last year, 56% women in the state between the age of 15 and 49 years are subjected to physical and sexual violence. Bihar ranked second in the country, behind Uttar Pradesh, in kidnapping cases, dowry deaths and dowry-related crimes against women in the year 2011.
NCRB records show that women in Bihar tend to marry at an early age. Thirty-eight per cent of women get married between 15-19 years. Domestic violence also includes domestic abuse, spousal abuse, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), and can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviour by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family or friends.
Capacity building of EWRs on Violence against women
A 16th day campaign on violence against women was organized in Gidhor and Jhajha blocks of Jamui district. In which 61 EWRs participated and associated with this campaign. To accelerate the campaign and seeking of public support a signature campaign was also organized to sensitise and aware women to raise voice for violence against women. Sensitisation about issues was the core subject to deal with tactfully and with the help of other communicative tools. Nukkad natak and film screening are an effective medium to communicate and gather people promptly. Although both
What EWRs gained
Discussion was held over the different legal aspects of laws which provide protective and security to women during and after the time of violence.
1. The sexual Harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013
Information about ACT was shared with EWRs
a) An Act to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
b) Sexual harassment results in violation of the fundamental rights of a woman to equality under articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India and her right to life and to live with dignity under article 21 of the Constitution and right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business which includes a right to a safe environment free from sexual harassment;
c) The protection against sexual harassment and the right to work with dignity are universally recognised human rights by international conventions and instruments such as Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, which has been ratified on the 25th June,1993 by the Government of India;
d) It is expedient to make provisions for giving effect to the said Convention for protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace
Panch of dhamna panchayat Malti Devi had a conservative mindset about the widow of our society. Previously she was very fanatic and following the old rites and traditional. Before coming into the meeting she openly supported that a widow must live inside the house and should follow rules. But when she attended the meeting and at the end of the meeting her concept was completely changed. Now she strongly advocates the issues of widows and felt a widow must live life as she wants. An existence of woman must be protected.
EWRs were trained about Laws against domestic violence and abuse
The Protection from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 are as follows:
An application regarding domestic violence can be presented to the magistrate seeking one or more reliefs mentioned in sections by:
Jurisdiction of court
The first class magistrate court or metropolitan court shall be the competent court within the local limits of w
The first class magistrate court or metropolitan court shall be the competent court within the local limits of which