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Women unhappy with healthcare initiatives: Survey

OVER 50 per cent women in Madhya Pradesh feel the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government is not doing enough for their healthcare and general uplift. However, a majority of them appeared satisfied with the Government?s efforts to curb crimes against women, according to a survey.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 01:17 IST

OVER 50 per cent women in Madhya Pradesh feel the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government is not doing enough for their healthcare and general uplift. However, a majority of them appeared satisfied with the Government’s efforts to curb crimes against women, according to a survey.

The survey involving 1,500 women was conducted in three districts Bhopal, Raisen and Katni by a voluntary organisation, Centre for Advocacy.

Its findings suggest that women find the State Government’s efforts towards providing proper health, especially maternal healthcare grossly inadequate. They also think that women’s rights are not being safeguarded in the State.

On the positive side, however, those interviewed thought that participation of women in Panchayati Raj system was satisfactory and that the State Government was making sincere efforts to curb crimes against women.

The conclusions of the survey were released by the Centre for Advocacy today, on the eve of the International Women’s Day. Women of different age groups, socio-economic status and across urban-rural divide were asked to give their opinion about issues like their own health, participation and role in Panchayati Raj, crime against women, maternal mortality, steps taken by the State to improve maternal conditions, rights of women, and also whether rights of women are being violated in
the State.

CoA’s R K Sharma told the Hindustan Times the purpose of the survey was to ascertain women’s views about these issues vis-à-vis the statistics and data presented by the State Government.

To a question whether the State Government is doing enough for uplift of women, around 54 per cent said `no’. As many as 60 per cent felt the State was not doing enough to improve condition of women’s health.

However, 52.6 per cent seemed to think that the efforts of Government towards curbing crimes against women were sincere. To a question whether the State is doing enough to improve maternal conditions as many as 56.7 per cent replied in the negative.

To another question as to whether rights of women are being violated in the State, 52 per cent replied in affirmative. However, as for perception on involvement of women in Panchayati Raj institutions, 56 per cent thought that there was a considerable contribution of women in the front.

Sharma said despite all the schemes there was still a long way to be covered by the State in providing women adequate facilities.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 01:17 IST