Completed Project

Developing Baseline for “Chirali” Scheme (Community Action Groups)


Team Neetu Purohit, Suhas Mankar, Kshitij Sisodia

Using qualitative approach, the research project attempted to collect baseline information on violence against women in select 7 districts of Rajasthan. The objectives of the study were to assess the awareness and knowledge of the core group members of the chirali group on ender, gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence, to understand the awareness and knowledge of the group members on gender-based legislations and measures for preventing violence against women, to gather perception of the stakeholders on the status of environment with respect to women safety in villages and panchayats, to examine perceived male involvement in ensuring gender equality, to collect information on the institutional reporting of violence against women and girls in the chirali districts, to assess the knowledge of the core

group members on available redressal mechanisms for the violence affected women and to develop insights on extent of convergence between various programs designed to end violence and gender-based discrimination and implementation of gender legislation/ acts.

It was found that violence towards women was understood more in terms of violence from outside world. Violence at home, particularly domestic violence was considered as an accepted phenomenon among couples. Though encouragingly, even this violence was not supported but was viewed as a family affair and community preferred not to intervene. The villages visited were otherwise reported as safe for women. Male involvement was understood more with respect to counselling when the violence has occurred but less regarding their role in prevention of violence. Knowledge about the laws was lacking among the community, the awareness was limited to knowing the name and that too more for the laws like child marriages, dowry and PCPNDT. Knowledge about the Chirali scheme was almost nil both among the community and other stakeholders except among the front-line workers who had received orientation on it. There was no knowledge of the mechanisms and systems to approach in case of violence, the only external platform reported was that of Police in extreme cases. Of the three departments, Women Empowerment (WE), Police and Judiciary who are the main stakeholders in the scheme, only officials of WE were aware of Chirali, other departments had not even heard of it. The three departments were functioning as independent bodies even for awareness generation among the community but had no convergence on the issue of violence under Chirali.