The Karnataka State Women Commission has launched a series of programmes to educate the residents of Gollarahattis in Arsikere taluk against certain customs being followed by the community that causes lot of hardships to women.
Following certain media reports on the customs, which include forcing women to stay in unhygienic and secluded places for three-four days during their menstrual period and for months after delivering a baby, chairperson of the commission Manjula Manasa visited the villages in the taluk and conducted several programmes in this regard.
During the course of such programmes, Ms. Manasa appealed to the people to give up such customs. During one such programme conducted at Kolagunda, a Gollarahatti near Javagal, she told the community leaders that in many other places in the State, their community people had already given up such customs. The commission would organise a programme on April 2 to mark the end of inhuman customs in the taluk, she said. In their response, many prominent leaders of the community said they would support the commission’s efforts.