RAISE- Revolution Against Indian Social Evils
We are living in the 21st century, an era where men and women are now given equal rights and liberties in the world. But still we are stuck neck deep in the Social issues.
Social issues (also social problem, social evil, and social conflict) refers to any undesirable condition that is opposed either by the whole society or by a section of the society.
India has the most diverse religion with many beliefs and rituals and many rituals in India have transformed into social evils. People are not judged on the basis of their quality but on the basis of caste, creed or gender. India is developing at a very fast rate but these social evils have hindered the growth of this nation. Shopping Monster has taken up a strong initiative through RAISE to revolt against the Social evils. Some the most prevalent social evils in India that must be removed are -
Gender Inequality - Women are still not allowed to go out of the house alone. There are many religions in India which force women to cover their faces and their heads while going out. They are still treated to be lower than men. Gender discrimination has given rise to many other types of discrimination and other evils too like harassment and wage discrimination. Women are not paid equal salaries for the same work as the men does. It is still not considered important to educate the girl child in many parts of the country. The gender inequality has grown into the society to such extent that is has brought up a new evil of Female Infanticide, Domestic Violenceand Prostitution. Women and girls are made as sexual slaves from a very long period of time in India. There are around three million girls and women working in this profession.Children are forced to be sex labors and there are more than 1.2 million children working in this profession.Domestic violence Is an endemic predominantly against woman.Around 70 percent women of india are victims to domestic violence.
Dowry- Dowry system is the most deep seated problem in the Indian society. Due to dowry system in Indian society many other social evils have taken birth. Though many people have opposed this system but yet it has spread its roots deep down in the Indian society. Even in the Rig Veda encourages the system and it is mentioned that the bride’s family have to offer the dowry to the boy’s family.
Cast discrimination- Cast division is one of the social evils that is only found in India unlike the gender division. Though there are many rules and laws made in India to eradicate the caste system but they are not very successful. With urbanization and modernization the caste system has changed a lot in some years in India.Still in rural areas it is prevalent and measures are to be taken to completely eliminate this issue from the Indian society.
Child labor and child exploitation- This is the worst social evil in India. Children are exploited and are made to work in dangerous places like cracker factories, other factories and in shops. Child exploitation has given birth to child trafficking where many kids are kidnapped and engaged in the beggar groups to beg for more money. Like other social evils there are rules and laws made to stop the child exploitation but nothing has been ever properly implemented in India.
Drug abuseis also a very major problem in India that not only affects many of the people addicted to it but also their near and dear ones. There are more than 7.5 million drug users in India. This number is increasing at an alarming rate.
All the above evils are clearly visible to everybody but there are more evils that has creeped in the society and we do not even know about them like – Shamming, Intolerance for everything from religion to art to personal choices; baseless criticism of the government and blind faith in the government; Hygiene and Sanitation; Poverty and Women Safety.
RAISE always support and encourage one and all in their course to eradicate various social evils from society. With a mission to create an ideal society for all where everyone can flourish, we work with various NGOs to fulfil our mission.
Mesh:Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped
MESH is an Indian organisation practicing Fair Trade with disabled and leprosy affected crafts artisans, for their rehabilitation.We have shops in New Delhi and work with disabled artisans from all over India.
Mission:To providing opportunities for disabled people and people affected by leprosy to achieve social and economic integration by trading.
Vision:Self-sufficiency for our partners.(through fulltime work and links to retraining,education,health and sanitation for the people affected by leprosy and disabled people that supply MESH).
Values:As members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and Fair Trade Forum India,we strive to practice and promote the Ten Principles of Fair Trade.
The Child Trust:The Child Trust (TCT) exemplifies the unstated trust of a child that comes into this world being promised a dignified life ensuring her survival, protection, development and participation in all affairs relating to them.
It works with children in bonded labour, migrant child workers, out-of-school children, and child labourers in hazardous industry, trafficked children, and the others in exploitative conditions.TCT therefore strives to be an institution working to ensure that this very trust is honoured and the promise, made by humanity for a quality life, is kept.
The Child Trust believes that improvement of income level of a family is one way of improving the future prospects for their children. The Child Trust strive to improve the economic condition of the family by helping communities to encourage income generation activities, saving and credit facilities to enhance family income.The Child Trust through its Bullock Cart initiative is working towards creating sustainable livelihood for a better world. Bullock Cart is engaged in strengthening Self Help groups towards income generating activities, saving and crudities facilities, which has resulted into increased level of income among targeted families. It has been observed that the children of these families are started attending school and their health condition has been improved.
Artisans from Delhi, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand are making products such as jute and cloth bags, folders, wallets, table-mats, photo-frames etc. by using their traditional weaving skills.
The income achieved is used for community projects concerning health, education, right to Food initiative, protecting children and social life.
Yes, there has been many laws and reforms in India to fight all the social evils. However being the citizens all of us need to make an effort on the individual level. We cannot be ignorant anymore and RAISE there by vouches to take a step ahead everyday to eradicate these evils from the society and will not stop until the goal has been achieved to see the society free and blessed.