Madhya Pradesh announces new policy for women

August 12th, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Aug 12 (IANS) A new policy for women in which there would be a “proper mechanism” to curb violence and crime against them was announced Tuesday by the Madhya Pradesh government. “Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while chairing a cabinet meeting, endorsed the proposed new Women Policy - 2008-12 for the state which aims at ensuring total and dignified participation of women in the development process and integrating them with the mainstream of development,” an official said.

Other objectives of the policy, the official claimed, include providing protection to women in every field, their empowerment and ensuring result-oriented implementation of the various policies, programmes and schemes for their welfare.

The policy addresses issues pertaining to women. It seeks to effectively prevent female foeticide as part of the efforts to maintain gender balance.

A proper mechanism would be put in place to curb violence and crime against women in a more effective manner so that women can come out openly to resist the violence and crime against them, the policy states, adding that a congenial atmosphere would be created for empowerment of women and girls through education and to provide them quality health care and nutrition.

The policy also provides for effective curb on sexual harassment of women at work place and the guidelines of the Supreme Court in this regard would be implemented in right earnest.

Their access to information resources too would be increased to ensure their participation in information communication technology. The policy provisions, programmes and schemes pertaining to women would be monitored and evaluated and on its basis annual reports would be prepared.

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