Haryana govt approves 'Swadhar Greh' scheme for women

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The Haryana government has approved 'Swadhar Greh' scheme, assuring economic and social security to women, with an aim to create a supportive institutional framework catering to their primary needs in difficult circumstances. 

The scheme envisages to cover women who are deserted and are without social and economic support, survivors of natural disasters rendered homeless and are sans social and economic support, prisoners released from jail and are without family. 

Also, women victims of domestic violence, family tension or discord, who are made to leave their homes without any means of subsistence and have no special protection from exploitation and/or facing litigation on account of marital disputes will be covered. 

The scheme envisages that shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security are assured for such women. It envisages special needs of these women are properly taken care of and under no circumstances they be left unattended or abandoned which could lead to their exploitation and desolation.

Swadhar Greh would be set up in every district with a capacity to accommodate 30 women and cater to their primary need of shelter, food, clothing, medical treatmentt and care of the women in distress and who are without any social and economic support. 

These 'Swadhar Grehs' would enable them to regain their emotional strength that gets hampered due to their encounter with unfortunate circumstances and provide them with legal aid and guidance to enable them to take steps for their readjustment in family or society.

These 'Grehs' would rehabilitate them economically and emotionally and act as a support system that understands and meets various requirements of women in distress

For big cities and districts with over 40 lakh population or those districts where there is a need for additional support to women, more than one Swadhar Greh could be established.The benefit of the component could be availed by women above 18 years of age. 

Care would be taken of trafficked women or girls rescued or who have runaway from brothels or other places where they face exploitation and women affected by HIV/AIDS who do not have social or economic support. 

While women affected by domestic violence could stay up to a year, for other categories the maximum period of stay could be up to three years. Similarly, the women above 55 years of age may be accommodated for a maximum of five years after which they will have to shift to old age homes or similar facilities. 

Swadhar Greh facilities could also be availed by the children accompanying these women. Girls up to the age of 18 years and boys up to the age of eight years would be allowed to stay in the Swadhar Greh with their mothers.

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