Dimapur, September 23: Women safety awareness campaign was conducted at Hukphang and Pongching village on September 19&20 respectively. The programme was jointly organized by the DTF BBBP in collaboration with Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK).
Resource person Phungla Phom, women welfare officer, DLCW spoke on various legal rights and Acts of women and schemes provided by the Government for the upliftment of women and girl child. She spoke on crime against women such as rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, etc and how it affects the victim, family and society at large.
Speaking on Child Marriage Act of 2006, she pointed out how child marriage affects family life physically, mentally and financially due to immature behavior of both the couple. She exhorted the gathering to stop child marriage in their family and raise their voice against it in the community. She also spoke on how ill-treatment of daughters by the parents encourages sons to dominate over their sisters in the family besides how social network affects youngsters.
Pungla also spoke on Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA), Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and other schemes provided to the women and urged them to avail the opportunity. She also highlighted on the activities of Sakhi One Stop Centre. She further informed the mothers that MSK is ready to assist and urged them to visit MSK office or call them for any queries.
Earlier, chairman village council, Pongching lauded the MSK and its partners for organizing the programme for safety of women and daughters in the family and society. Asserting that women had greater role and responsibility in the present generation, the VCC urged them to learn from the resource person.
Tutinungla Phom, District coordinator DLCW, Longleng highlighted the activities carried out by the MSK in collaboration with DTF BBBP and Social Welfare Department for the welfare of women.
During discussion hour, all mothers informed that their daughters could not become beneficiaries under SSA scheme due to lack of Aadhaar card. It was also reported that Aadhaar centre in Longleng district was not functioning and they have to go to Changtongya under Mokokchung district to enroll their daughters under Aadhaar which is expensive for poor villagers. The MSK also distributed forms for the SSA scheme.
(Page News Service)