Monday, December 4, 2023

Short-stay homes for victimised women to come up in all districts

Jamshedpur : If everything goes as planned short-stay homes for victimised women would come up in all districts of Jharkhand. State women commission has reiterated the need to set up short-stay homes for victimised women across the State. Chairperson Mahua Maji felt the need for short-stay homes in all the 24 districts of the state.

Talking to the media during the sidelines of Open Court organised here at Cicrcuit House she said: �We want such homes to come up to deal with the situation. We have already sent a proposal to the state government for construction of short-stay home for victimized women across Jharkhand in the month of December last year. So far the government has not come out in the open to our proposal. The Government must take initiative,� the chairperson added.

Women stay in the home temporarily and in the meanwhile, efforts are made by to re-unite them with their families. If the family reunion efforts failed, the women would be made financially-independent.

The need for providing short stay homes for women and girls in difficulties in increasingly being realised. The changing pattern of life, the rapid urbanisation and industrialisation and the resulting migration from rural to urban areas, the spread of education among women and the resulting problems of adjustment for the first generation literates, the rising cost of living and the need for women members of the family to make an independent earning, creates problems which many of the women and girls do not find themselves adequately equipped to face.

The break-up of social institutions like the joint family contributes considerably in creating problems of adjustment for women and young girls. Cases of marital conflict and emotional disturbance occur. They require help and guidance to regain confidence in themselves to meet the situation and to require skills to become self-reliant and to develop relationships with people that could help in the re-establishment of their status in society.

For meeting the situation, institutional services where counselling and guidance, medical and psychiatric check-up and treatment, facilities of development of skills and relationships are provide could prove useful. The effort has to be to help the women to rehabilitate themselves within a short period of time.

In this line of thinking, short stay homes were established a decade ago through voluntary organisations. An evaluative study was conducted recently to assess the impact of Institutional programmes on residents and discharged residents.

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