Tuesday, December 15, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Special cell to fight injustice to Dalit women


Special cell to fight injustice to Dalit women

December 15th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS -
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A special cell to address the issues faced by
Dalit women is being set up by the National Commission for Women (NCW)
in an effort to fight injustice against this section of society, Women
and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said Tuesday.
"Welfare of Dalit women needs special attention as they have been
discriminated against by other sections of the society for long.
Though many programmes have been drafted by various ministries, there
is a need to create mass awareness so that these women can come
forward to take advantage of these schemes," she said while
inaugurating the Dalit Women's Congress, "Abhaya Jeevan", in the

"More short-stay homes and help line services will also be arranged by
the Central Social Welfare Board for the Dalit women. Also, self-help
groups of such women will be provided more funding and training for
capacity building through the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh programme,"
Krishna Tirath added.

The women and child devopment ministry is also conducting a study on
the status of Dalit women so that programmes and policies can be tuned
in accordance to their needs, the minister said.

Addressing the conference, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Mukul Wasnik laid stress on education and better health facilities for
Dalit women.

"By March 2010, all manual scavengers will be rehabilitated," he added.


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