Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 18:
Women are the most oppressed section in Odisha.
This is what the state government is at least willing to concede now.
Women and Child Development minister Usha Devi today admitted in the Odisha Assembly that that nearly 42 per cent of women in the 15- 49 age group are subjected to either physical or sexual violence in the state.
The minister, however, claimed the state government has taken steps to effectively deal with the problem.
Replying to a question by BJP member Dilip Ray, she said at least 30 officers have been appointed in each district to address the issue of domestic violence.
“The ‘Bell Bajao’ campaign and other awareness programmes are also taken up periodically in the state”, she said, adding that a total of 537 Mahila Sishu Desks have been set up to facilitate integrated approach towards crime against women and children.
Besides, the state government has declared all Swadhar Homes, Ujjwala Home, Short Stay Homes and family counselling centre as service providers under Protection of Women Domestic Violence Act, 2005. Local committees and internal complaints committees have also been formed as per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act, 2013), the minister informed the House.