Women Empowerment and Domestic Violence: A Case Study of Hailakandi District in Assam

Tapa Kar


Gender discrimination has been a universal phenomenon in human history from time immemorial. On account of her biological constitution, social taboos and scriptural sanction, the social position of the woman has always been considered as inferior and subordinate to man in society. In this regard, it has been accepted that feminism and women’s movement are necessary spheres of social reform. The impact of movement can be clearly seen on the government, administration and politicians whereby a series of bodies have been set up specifically to deal with women’s issues. Besides influencing legislation judiciary, media, education programmes and government strategies, the most important gain is that a women who was earlier considered weak and need of welfare should be a participant in her own development. The movement has given in increasing number of women a voice and courage to speak. Inspite of such strong women movement across the country the status of women in the Hailakandi district of Southern Assam, is not very satisfactory. Only small section of women among the urban, educated elites have been able to take advantage of new opportunities, the poor women are being increasingly impoverished and are becoming more vulnerable to violence. What seems to be imperative in this situation is enhancement of women’s economic skills and to improve opportunities and providing necessary support structures for them to be free from the drudgery of domestic chores through the involvement of government effort along with other agencies and above all to do all our efforts through women movement which the district of Hailakandi is specifically in need of.


Gender discrimination, education elites, non-workers, economic skill, women empowerment, domestic violence, IPC Crime

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