KARNATAKA

People told to help Government eradicate devadasi system



Staff Correspondent

`There is a need to educate women against such a practice'

Government urged to provide assistance to devadasis to set up cottage industries Monthly honorarium of Rs. 300 for devadasis suggested Call to persuade devadasis to become members of self-help groups

Raichur: Shivaraj N. Patil, member of the National Human Rights Commission, has urged the people to join hands with the Government and the judiciary in the eradication of the devadasi system.

Campaign

He was speaking after inaugurating a legal literary campaign to eradicate the system organised by the Raichur District Bar Association here on Saturday.

He said the system still continues in some rural areas even when the Government has been implementing welfare schemes for devadasis. There is a need to educate women against such a system. The judiciary should make efforts in this direction.

Schemes

Mr. Patil said the State Government should come forward with more schemes for the eradication of the system. Such schemes should be implemented effectively.

The Government should provide financial assistance to such women to set up cottage industries. They should be persuaded to become members of self-help groups.

Honorarium

The Government should extend a monthly honorarium Rs. 300 to each devadasi on the lines of the Maharastra Government, he added.

Hanumanthappa Alkod, Minister for Sports and Youth Services, said the Government has been making efforts to eradicate the devadasi system by implementing various welfare schemes.

Steps have been taken to rehabilitate devadasis and their dependants. The Government will try to implement the suggestions made by Mr. Patil, he added.

Mohan Shantangoudar, Judge of the Karnataka High Court, and A. Venkatesh Naik, MP, spoke.

Statue unveiled

Mr. Patil unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises of the court complex and laid the foundation stone for the first floor block of the Bar association.

Basavantharaya Patil, Judge of the District and Sessions Court and President of the District Legal Cell Authority, welcomed the gathering.

P. Narasappa, President of the association, proposed a vote of thanks.