Delhi, Chennai show increase in divorced women, Mumbai declining

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) The percentage of divorced women in Delhi and Chennai has doubled from 1998-99 to 2005-06 while Mumbai has the highest percentage of divorced women among the metros even though the megacity has shown a declining trend during the period, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Choudhary said today.

Ms Choudhary informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that the overall percentage of divorced women in the age group of 15-49 during the period had declined from 0.4 per cent to 0.3 per cent during this period as per the results of the National Family Health Survey.

In Mumbai, the percentage of divorced women in 2005-06 was the highest among all metropolitan cities at 0.4 per cent but it was lower than 0.7 per cent in 1998-99 while in Kolkata it has declined to 0.1 per cent from 03 per cent during this period. Delhi and Chennai witnessed an increase in the percentage of divorced women from 0.1 per cent in 1998-99 to 0.2 per cent.

She said that the ministry, the Central Social Welfare Board and the National Commission for Women were launching programmes to create awareness among harassed women in both rural and urban areas.

Meanwhile, the Centre was planning to launch phase II of the Swayamsidha scheme for empowerment of women in which the focus would be on undertaking group income generation. Ms Choudhary said in another reply that Phase II of the scheme would be primarily centrally funded with the intent of covering greater number of blocks in the country, including Orissa. The scheme would help the Self Help Groups generate income for women.

Ms Choudhary said in another reply that the UJJAWALA scheme has been launched in December 2007 for prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and repatriation of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.

The ministry had written to all the state governments and Union Territories to forward proposals from eligible organisations for implementing the scheme.

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