Kashmir Still Lacks Proper Destitution Management

TO tackle this conflict-created load, many orphanages have cropped up over the years. They help these children in many socio-economic­ ways. Some of these orphanages run a program called Wedding Assistance in which they provide a wedding kit comprising of ladies suits, footwear and cosmetics products worth Rs. 15,000 to orphans.

Another strife-hit group is of the women whose spouses have disap­peared and are referred to as half-widows. They don’t know whether their husbands are alive or not. Under Indian law, a person is con­sidered to be dead if they have dis­appeared for more than seven years. Before that period, no assistance is provided to these women, leaving them financially vulnerable.

A 2005 study by Médecins Sans Frontières revealed that the Kashmiri women are one of the most repressed groups around the world, with almost 11.6 per cent of the respondents claiming that they faced situational abuse. There has been a 57 per cent increase in crimes against women between 2013-18.

So far as the government efforts have not been up to the mark to tack­le this situational destitution in the valley, the policies need to be drasti­cally improved.

An umbrella needs to be created where all the independent organisa­tion can work in tandem for the or­phans and widows of Kashmir.

Saumy Tripathi

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