Nagaland launches helpline for victims of domestic violence
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Last Updated: Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:56
Kohima: With domestic violence showing an upward trend in traditional Naga society, a BSNL helpline for women facing domestic violence was launched in Nagaland as part of the International Women's Day celebrations on Monday.

Known as '1092 Helpline', it is a multi-agency response to women facing domestic violence in the state.

Coordination among various government departments, legal professionals and NGOs was being worked out to give the initiative a concrete shape and it would help victims and their families, Secretary, department of Women Development, N Hushili told a gathering.

Before launching the Helpline, chairperson of Nagaland State Commission for Women, Sano Vamuzo regretted that although the State Assembly had passed the bill enshrining 33 per cent reservation in municipal bodies in 2006, it was yet to be implemented in Nagaland.

The government postponed the elections to urban local bodies indefinitely on some pretext or the other, she said.

Although women elsewhere in the country enjoyed reservation of seats in panchayats and municipal bodies, Naga women were yet to get that opportunity, Vamuzo regretted.

Urban Development Secretary Norman Putsure in his key note address said women had come a long way in the past 100 years in asserting their rights and getting recognition for their contribution to societal development all over the world.

From the tradition-bound society to the present one, Naga women have also come a long way in various fields. The latest positive development was their involvement in economic activities, both as an individual or as a member of self help groups (SHGs) but they are yet to be recognised as an equal partner in crucial decision-making process in the public sphere, Putsure said.

Additional Chief Secretary Banou Z Jamir advocated serious introspection and analysis of discriminatory customary laws in the context of modern society so that those could be amended suitably to make them gender-friendly.

She also informed that the government had already constituted a high-power committee to look into gender budgeting aspect in the annual expenditure.

Reports received here from other districts said the day was celebrated across Nagaland with programmes by schools, government institutions and NGOs. This year's UN theme for IWD is "Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all."

The Women Development department also conducted an essay competition on the subject "If I were to become a municipal councillor" which received overwhelming response from young women with 54 entries. The best essay was read out at today's function.


First Published: Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:56

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