2018, VOL. 4 ISSUE 2, PART C
Despite all the progress, India is still a male dominated country, where women are seen as subordinate and inferior to men. Discrimination is highly visible throughout all strata of society and women face discrimination throughout all stages of their life.
The study has been conducted to find out whether the access of women of low socio-economic group to reproductive rights and choices is free from discrimination and violence or not. Samples have been selected through purposive sampling and 100 women of reproductive age (18 – 40 years) were selected from 5 slums of Kolkata.
The findings demonstrated that respondents are not aware of their reproductive rights. Although they know about family planning but are not in a position to make decisions about their reproductive choices – spacing and timing of child bearing. In most of these families, abortion is not accepted even if the women are willing to abort it. In laws and husband are the decision makers and controllers of women’s reproductive activities.
Information on sexual and reproductive health is not reaching out to the respondents through government health care services. Training on Life Skill and Counselling services are not available in most of the slums under Kolkata Municipal Corporation.