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Why SJDT focuses its development activities towards women and girl children.

                           "India is still not a country for girl children."

Many a times our friends and donors frequently ask the question why SJDT's 99% of beneficences are females. In the case of our Micro credit programme out of 30000 beneficiaries' 29990 beneficiaries are women. In the case of our children's Home out of 450 children 400 are girl children. In the same way of the 500 home based children support 400 children are girl children. SJDT'S beneficiary statistics show a clear preference for the females. India is a country that discriminates and abuse girls in many ways. India is a patriarchal society for ages and still continues to be.

This is what patriarchy is, the last barrier to equality and community (I prefer saying 'community' rather than the older word, 'fraternity'). Patriarchy exists everywhere. 

It is subtle - like the glass walls and ceilings in the workplace, which condone unequal pay for equal work; but it is also brutal and vicious - like khap diktats, acid attacks, battered wives, 'honor' killings. 

For as the women's movement has always reminded us, rape is not a sexual crime. In its essence, it is a crime of power. In other words, rape is used to stifle, deny and prevent equality based on gender. 

But patriarchy has a unique color in this country. It is tinted with caste, with that pernicious system of social stratification which makes sure that 'those others' stay in their place - below us - to serve us when we want. 

This practice of dominance is routinely used and abused by the various arms of the Indian state - the army, police, judiciary in particular - to assert caste power and privilege over India's lowest caste the dalits, tribals, minorities and women. And sexual violence is part of the routine of terror. 

In the mindset of dominance, some groups become intrinsically 'rape-able'. These are the womenfolk of the minorities, Dalits, tribals, widows ect. And also those 'not like us', such as sex workers, homosexuals, the differently abled, teenage orphans and others. The lives of these do not matter anyway, not as much as those of the 'right caste'. 

In fact the hatred of most Indian men for women is so pervasive that it is expressed in killing them before they are born through female feticide and female infanticide when born, which are still common, rather than share property and dignity with them. 

Why is it that the Indian state which brags about becoming a global 'super power' is at the very bottom of the ladder in its quality of health, freedom from violence, access to resources and freedom from sexual trafficking? Or as the metaphor puts it, why is it that there are more cell-phones in this country than toilets? 

Obviously because those who rule the Indian state believe 'that sort of people" have no claim to what 'we' have. 

When those agitating for civil rights cry for 'inclusiveness' in Indian society, what they want is an equality of rights and opportunities for those most dispossessed of food and nutrition, of education and welfare.

Recently media is exposing the rape perpetrators of women and children which have been norm in India for centuries. For a woman to live in India is to be under constant threat of verbal or physical assault, of physical violence at home or on the streets, of rape and murder. 

It has been this way for centauries but never noticed until recently media started exposing it.

Why Indian society did not notice this for long because we are still a feudal, patriarchal society where men are the norm and what men see and speak are the truth. Patriarchal family believes that women are men's possessions - to be used and set aside, to be displayed as an ornament to be battered for benefits, to be thrashed and abused it they talk back and to be killed if unwanted or cause dishonor to the family.

To bridge this cruel gap between the gender girls need education, self esteem, skill and opportunities. This is what SJDT is determined to achieve through its progammes.

This is for now and I will in my next write up focus on another reason why girl children deserve better attention.

Thanking You. 

Yours fraternally in Xt 

Dr. I. Sebastian, M.A, M.B.A, P. hd.,

Executive Director.