Rajasthan, the state that pioneers in history and holds pride of rich cultural heritage, is unfortunately leading in crime and moving at a very low pace for the upliftment of status of women.
“Rajasthan, the state widely believed as peaceful and safe for women, is actually number two in the country in rape cases registered”, spotlights The Asian Age, June 08, 2014. The people residing there have accepted such practices as a part and parcel of their lives. Specifically, women are ignorant of their rights and hence become an easy prey to exploitation.
Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) has been working in the most affected areas of the state to uproot the problem and spread ultimate solution. Dungarpur in Rajasthan is a tribal dominated district victimized by offshoot of women related prejudices nursed for centuries.
Identifying the fact that key to combat gender injustice lies with the women themselves; a grooming workshop under the name of “CHARITRA” was organized with the students of standard 10, 11 and 12 in Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School on September 6, 2014. The aim was not just to shed light on the literal meaning of “CHARITRA” but its spiritual and social intend too, to inculcate the true meaning of good character.
The teachers were also invited to participate as they carry the baggage of responsibility to form a good citizen and contribute healthily to the society. The 3-tier methodology required for holistic empowerment of women was enforced with three types of activities.
The workshop witnessed a play portraying peer-pressure being the major cause of lost self-worth and dignity of women. Due to lack of understanding of righteous behaviour, women tend to go with the flow and follow the socially established trends that hamper their dignity.
After the sensitizing play, Sadhvi Bhagirathi Bharti Ji, disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji who is the head and founder of DJJS, delivered an encouraging lecture capturing THE CAPABILITY aspect of the workshop. Sadhvi Ji accentuated that a woman possesses the capability to “Say No” to whatever attacks her self-respect. All that is required is to exercise it.
Towards the end was a choreography showcased on “Mahishasur Mardini” (a form of goddess Durga where she kills the demon Mahishasur) to give a message of need to awaken innate power of women to kill the demon of immoral behaviour and fight atrocities against them. This was the third and the most crucial step required to awaken the confidence under wraps within every woman and holistically empower them.
The way Goddess Durga - embodiment of feminine potential killed the devil of iniquitous deeds, DJJS under its gender equality program-"Santulan" aims at calling forth the confidence, strength and capabilities present in every woman to re-establish their lost status and value.