The Swadhar Greh scheme is targeted to provide institutional support to women victims of difficult circumstances and rehabilitate them so that they could lead their life with dignity. The scheme envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for these women. The scheme envisions a supportive institutional framework for women victims of difficult circumstances so that they could lead their life with dignity and conviction. It also envisions that the special needs of these women are properly taken care of and under no circumstances they should be left unattended or abandoned which could lead to their exploitation and desolation.
The benefit of the component could be availed by women above 18 years of age of the following categories:
-Women who are deserted and are without any social and economic support;
-Women survivors of natural disasters who have been rendered homeless and are without any social and economic support;
-Women prisoners released from jail and are without family, social and economic support;
-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; and
-Trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from brothels or other places where they face exploitation and Women affected by HIV/AIDS who do not have any social or economic support.
Women affected by domestic violence could stay up to one year. For other categories of women, the maximum period of stay could be up to 3 years. The older women above the 55 years of age may be accommodated for maximum period of 5 years after which they will have to shift to old age homes or similar institutions.
Swadhar Greh facilities could also be availed by the children accompanying women in the above categories. Girls up to the age of 18 years and boys up to the age of 8 years would be allowed to stay in the Swadhar Greh with their mothers. (Boys of more than 8 years of age need to be shifted to the Children Homes run under JJ Act/ICPS.)
The benefits that can be availed by women-
-Temporary residential accommodation with the provision of food, clothing, medical facilities etc.
-Vocational and skill up gradation trainings for economic rehabilitation of such women
-Counseling, awareness generation and behavioral trainings
-Legal aid and Guidance
-Counseling through telephone
You can read more about the scheme on the official website.
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