The Problems of unwed mothers are linked with various socio-economic and cultural variables. In Kerala, this problem is coupled with the ignorance and exploitation of the backward classes.It has been pointed out that there are many women in Wayanad and other districts of Kerala who are victims of social exploitation and atrocities and are often forced to become unmarried mothers.Unwed mothers have the special need for education, employment, health care especially reproductive and child health. Quite often they are neglected from the main stream of life. The percentage of abortion related hazards and death is high among teenage unwed mothers.
Taking these facts into consideration the government has initiated a project named “Snehasparsham” that intents to protect and help unwed mothers. As part of this project government is giving 1000 Rs. per month to them
Number of Districts and Beneficiaries under Snehasparsham Scheme
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The largest number of unwed mothers belonging to ST communities lives in Waynad district. It is estimated that there are nearly 400 unwed mothers living in pathetic conditions. Many of them do not have proper living conditions like house, sanitation, health care etc. Many of them are facing exploitations from outside resulting in hunger, poverty, illiteracy, high dropout rate among school going children and weak empowerment of women etc. In spite of sincere efforts by various departments and agencies, their condition remains unchanged. It is therefore necessary to address their problems in a time bound manner.
But now according to the latest survey conducted by Social Justice Department in Wayanad it is identifies that there are only 226 unwed mothers who are eligible to get the assistance of the scheme.
One curious fact that can be noted that the women who are exploited never blame the person who caused their misery, largely due to their style of living . At a young age they long for love and care. Their husbands do not stay with them for long. They go in search of job and sometimes do not come back. Their place is taken up by someone else whom these women believe in. Therefore their condition becomes pathetic and it becomes necessary to address their problems too.
Many efforts and rehabilitation programmes have been taken by various departments and agencies to improve their condition, but their condition remains unchanged. It is in such a situation that Social Security Mission had taken up such an initiative with govt to provide assistance to these exploited women where the money doesn't get diverted but instead reaches the eligible person through electronic money order.