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Mumbai women top list of divorcees

Last updated on: March 17, 2008 19:58 IST

Women from Mumbai top the list of divorcees across the country in 15-49 age group,  says a new government survey.

"In Mumbai, 0.4 per cent women in 2005-06 have opted for divorce while in Delhi, it is 0.2. Kolkata and Chennai follows with 0.1 and 0.2 per cent respectively," Women and Child development Minister Renuka Chowdhary told Rajya Sabha, citing the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

To empower women, the Central Social Welfare Board of the Ministry implemented the 'Awareness Generation Project' and several other programmes for them, she said.

The ministry also conducts a 10 day-camp for economically backward women on issues relating to them, the minister said.

"The ministry has also various schemes for the welfare of children. It runs a programme for juvenile justice, an integrated programme for street children, Scheme for welfare of working children, assistance to homes to promote in country adoption and 'Dhanalakshmi' - for the girl child with insurance cover," Chowdhary said.

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