Khoj Avam Jan Jagriti Samiti SAJAK

Project Theme

Ending Violence Against Women

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Jun 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Khoj Avam Jan Jagruti Samiti was founded by a group of activists working in Chhattisgarh and undivided Madhya Pradesh for over three decades now. The organisation has been working in the project area for last 14 years.
Violence against women has been the focus and a cross cutting issue for KHOJ. ‘Sajag’, in Hindi, refers to ‘being aware’. Being aware their rights. Being aware about the law and the process to get justice.

 

KHOJ is working to end violence against women by:

 

  • Creating awareness amongst the community on the issue of gender based discrimination, patriarchy, violence against women, domestic violence as human right violations.
  • Increased access to legal support services for women -- especially tribal and Dalit women -- facing violence.
  • Forming community based nyay samitis (justice committees) and building a support center.
  • Having a women’s group in each village. All the women in the village could be members of the unit.
  • Two women will represent their village unit at block level to form block level committee. This block level committee will be linked with Chhattisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch.
  • Forming youth groups and men’s group as a preventive strategy

 

 

Impact by partner

  • Women, men and youth in the community demonstrate greater understanding about patriarchy, unequal gender power relations and root causes of gender based violence and will take action to reduce violence against women.
  • Membership based women’s groups develop with a feminist understanding
  • Institution based mechanisms set up to provide psycho-social support including counseling, legal aid, medical aid and any other support required.
  • An alternative justice mechanism to be in place soon, which will be a support system for the survivors of violence.
  • The network of Chhattisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch and Dalit Adivasi Manch to be strengthened.
  • Effective implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 to be ensured to enable women to get timely justice and in order to reduce and respond to violence against women.

Case Study

Daughter took her right over property

Sheela and Rajendra Kumar got married in the year 2000 in the village of Mamrak. Soon after her marriage, Sheela’s in-laws started to mentally harass her. Due to this, Sheela’s father brought her and her husband to the natal family, where they began to live happily and had two children. However, suddenly her brother and father told her to vacate the house and began to torture her mentally. Later, she came to know about the counselling centre at Pithora. One meeting was organized at their home with all the three brothers and sister of Sheela. Initially, her father was adamant to give any share of the property to his daughter, and told that he had already sold the land to someone. But when he was told about the property law and when Sheela said she would go to the court, her father agreed to give Sheela’s property share to her. Now Sheela, her husband, and children are living peacefully on the land.