Paper on women’s socioeconomic status released

No gender bias in Arunachal: Dr Chai
[ Karda Natam ]
ITANAGAR, May 26: Dristi Stree Adhyayan Prabodhan Kendra (DSAPK), a Pune-based NGO working in the area of women empowerment in the country, on Friday released a research paper here on the socioeconomic status of women in Arunachal Pradesh, after conducting two years of research on the subject.
Releasing the book, Art & Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Chai highlighted the present status of women in the state and the respect shown to them. Dr Chai said women and girls enjoy a more dignified life here, compared to many other states.
“There is no gender bias in the state and children of both the sexes are treated equally,” he said.
He, however, admitted that domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and said the women should come forward to seek justice.
Dr Chai also spoke about the drug menace, including cultivation of opium plants, in certain pockets of the state. He appealed to the people, especially women groups and NGOs, to come forward and fight the problem.
RGU Professor Zilfa A Modi highlighted the challenges being faced by women in the state, and lamented the low female participation in social activities.
She stressed the need to educate girl children in order to empower women, and advocated inter-community marriages to address these issues.
DSAPK secretary Dr Anjali Deshpandey highlighted the major issues related to the decreasing the sex ratio and the challenges faced by different states of India.
Geeta Gunde, founder trustee of the NGO, raised the matter of improving the situation of women, stating that husband and wife are complementary to each other.