Bhopal, Feb 5 (IANS) How do you explain rights and entitlements to someone who doesn’t know what rights are?
This was the main question during a lecture at the National Law Institute University (NLIU) here on Monday.
The conference was organized by the National Commission for Women (NCW) with the participation of an NGO on the occasion of the culmination of a legal awareness campaign for the members of the Bedia tribe in different districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The legal and health awareness campaign aimed at uplifting the community and fighting against caste-based commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Over a period of two months, the campaign was conducted in various districts including Bhopal, Vidisha, Raisen and Guna in Madhya Pradesh.
The camps involved rapid counseling and one-on-one interaction with people in the Bedia community and educating them on rights and health.
At the camps, people from the Bedia tribes were taught about their rights, entitlements and opportunities available in terms of employment and scholarships, said an NLIU student.
During Monday’s conference, it was also said that members of the Bedia tribes have traditionally been involved in intergenerational prostitution, and were once considered one of the so-called ‘criminal tribes’.