Gujjar women facing gender discrimination in J&K
More than 1.4 million Gujjar women have been facing gender discriminations in various state government organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, a new survey has found.Updated: Mar 08, 2009, 16:46 IST
More than 1.4 million Gujjar women have been facing gender discriminations in various state government organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, a new survey has found.
There presence in all the major institutions in the state since 1947 is almost negligible as per the survey conducted by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF).
Releasing the report on the International Women's Day, National Secretary of TRCF Javaid Rahi today said that early marriage system, illiteracy, extreme poverty and nomadic way of life is causing dark shadow over the future of Gujjar women, who constitute more than 14 per cent of the state's population, residing in the most backward, hilly and border areas.
He said although the State Government has provided 10 per cent reservation since 1991 to Gujjars under Scheduled Tribe category, but it is surprising that the presence of women folk of this tribe in political and government affairs is almost zero.
The survey revealed that since 1947 no Gujjar women has either been elected or nominated as member of state legislature or parliament till date, he said.
The survey also said that only three women from this community have qualified state administrative service examinations during the period.