Sati pratha, female infanticide, child marriages and Johad are things of the past. Gone are the days when women were confined within the four walls, away from the social life outside. In last one decade, the conventional patriarchal society of Rajasthan has witnessed considerable improvement in the status of women. Modern women are taking interest in establishing their careers and actively taking part in household decisions. It’s not us who’re saying it! The NFHS-4 (fourth national family health survey) released last year claims that 81.7% married women in Rajasthan play an active role in society.
According to the survey conducted in 2015-2016, 81.7% married women step ahead to take household decisions. The figures have upped since NFHS-3 (65.1%) that was conducted ten years back.
Rajasthan Women are Independent, Headstrong & Less Vulnerable to Atrocities Today…
In 2006, around 46.3% women have reported incidents of domestic or spousal violence. After a decade, the numbers have gone down to 25.1%. Several factors back this astonishing development.
Demonetization has played an active role in making women aware of changing economic scenarios. A decade earlier, there were just 7.6% female bank account holders in Rajasthan. Last year, the estimated percentage was 58.6%, 50 times more than the earlier share. It means they’re familiar with various financial schemes run by the central and state governments.
Today, 41.4% women own mobile phones whereas 24.1% women have their own asset (property, land or car). This shows that they’re not just educated, but employed and well-connected to the outside world.
Talking in terms of health, Rajasthan women are conscious of diet, fitness and immunity. 8% women have undergone treatment of oral cavity while 4.8% women have taken checkups for breast cancer. 18.9% women undergo regular examination of the cervix. The health practitioners currently run several camps and programmes to generate more awareness.
The Centre has Bestowed this Year’s Nari Shakti Award on Rajasthan
Seeing that Rajasthan has become a better place for women, the Central government will present the ‘Nari Shakti Award’ of this year to Raje government at International Women’s Day on March 8.
But, what’s the secret behind this commendable success? Critics feel that state-run ambitious schemes like Mission Poorna Shakti, Mukhbir, Aashray, Apni Beti and Shubhlakshmi etc have brought about this change. Rajasthan CM being a female helps. In last three years, the government has set up Aparajita—one-stop crisis management crisis center for women in Jaipur, where the needy can seek shelter and protection against atrocities and violence.
The government has put in every effort in implementing Centre’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme in 14 districts of Rajasthan. All this has collectively contributed to the improved condition of women in Rajasthan. The government is planning to launch many other schemes to keep the ball rolling in future.