February 10; Nanded, Maharashtra
Ashatai Lukman, after three years of married life, was beaten and thrown out of the house by her husband Ganesh. As she returned to her father’s house, her husband married another woman. Ashatai, a single woman, raised her son and managed to pay for her education. Now, as he is in his early twenties, Ashatai is trying to get him a share of his father’s property, as is his right. But all Ganesh has given so far are assurances. “He acknowledges my right but only for the sake of it,” Ashatai told Shanta Yevtikar, Community Correspondent from Maharashtra.
One of the reasons behind the instances of domestic violence is that the law isn’t strict enough to protect women in their houses. Cases like these are a reminder of the fact that women’s issues are still trying to find their way on the centre stage of public discourse.
The slum dwellers of Pestom Sagar Area, Chembur, Mumbai have developed some really thick resilience. Their slums have been tossed and toppled away so many times that their bitterness is turning to rage now.
The ASHA workers are instituted by the ‘ National Rural Health Mission.’ They are at the bottom of the pyramid - the interface between the community and Indian Public Health Delivery System, the first point of contact for millions of Indians to health care.