SMS

Shramajivi Mahila Samity

With a Vision to Empower Women by Education, Economic Independence and Leadership Skills

Publications

  • Research & Reports
  • Case Stories / Studies
  • Workshop
  • Projects
  • Annual Report
  • Reports

  • “EKAL NARI SASHAKTI SANGATHAN”- An Association of Single Women in State Jharkhand
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  • 4yr Journey of Empowering SINGLE WOMEN ( Pacs Journey 2012-2016 )
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  • “SAMUNNATI”- Participatory Rural Appraisal
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  • Niwano Peace Foundation South Asia Program
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  • “State Level Conference cum Workshop on Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques, 1994”
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  • Food security for destitute single women and children (NPF)
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  • Towards Empowerment: Working with women and girls in source communities at the pre- migration and pre-decision making stage (GAATW 2015)
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  • Towards Empowerment: Situation analysis on Distress Migration
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  • Workshop

  • Single Women’s Land & Property Rights
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  • Third Women’s Tribunal against Poverty
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  • “ENHANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY”
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  • “Preventing Gender Biased Sex Selection (EWR Dhanbad)”
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  • Projects

    Recent Projects

  • Project Name  :  Women, Work & Migration; Community Led Initiatives in 5 states
    Time Duration  :  2020 February to [Ongoing]
    Theme  :  Women's work and female labour migration, this initiative is taken into account the larger issues of rural distress, agricultural crises, forest rights, displacement, the current situation of labour rights in the country and labour migration of both men and women.
    Donor  :  Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Bangkok, Thailand
    Description  :  
    To ensure labour rights of women at home, in destination states and on the way. It was decided that follow-up work will be carried out at two levels:
    1. In communities of origin and destination with women workers, adolescent girls and women where workers' right focussed and an integrated community led approach would be tried out. This approach will aim at knowledge building from ground up.
    2. State level research and advocacy oriented consultations The focus of this collaborative initiative is on community led action that will enhance the livelihood and employment opportunities of women and mobilization and organizing among girls and women. This initiative also aims to encourage information sharing, mutual knowledge building, constructive debate and dialogue, collective reflection and strategic action among partners.
    Although the specific focus is on women's work and female labour migration, this initiative will take into account the larger issues of rural distress, agricultural crises, forest rights, displacement, the current situation of labour rights in the country and labour migration of both men and women
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  • Project Name  :  SMS have joined hands with government against COVID-19 epidemics in 4 Districts of Jharkhand.
    Time Duration  :  2020 to [Ongoing]
    Description  :  
    The nature and impact of this pandemic is different from other natural calamities and emergency situations therefore, the response and mitigation work need to be planned and facilitated differently. The sudden announcement by the central government to shut down the country for 21 days the rural community & daily workers were unable to earn wages due to the closure of construction and other work. Many were unable to buy food for their families. Due to the Global pandemic Covid-19 our regular activities have been stopped and team members started to work on Covid-19 in three districts namely East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum & Simdega.
    We have Involved the community leaders and PRI in identifying and reaching out to the most vulnerable families to follow the below criteria for selection of households:
    • Migrant Laborers' family
    • Landless family
    • The family is women headed family
    • The family having disabled and elderly members
    • Any family whose members are affected by COVID-19 virus or whose family members are quarantined in the village/GP camps.
    • Families returned because of reverse migration and families whose members have not returned
    • Marginal farmers/poor families who supplement their income through seasonal migration or through MGNREGA
    SMS have worked and carry the entire process in close coordination with the district/block administration. SMS done Broad Key Activities on Humanitarian Assistance for Relief work on COVID-19 epidemic.
    1. Creating Village / Panchayat wise data base of migrant workers returning back home
    2. Linking vulnerable and eligible families to the Government Schemes
    3. Link vulnerable and eligible families to MGNREGS
    4. Identify and address stigma and discrimination through Panchayats, opinion leaders and community awareness
    5. Creating Database of vulnerable families in the intervention villages
    6. Facilitating delivery of dry ration via School/Anganwadi for the children
    7. Supported to Quarantine centers.
    8. Distribution of Masks, Soap and Detergents.
    9. Distribution of Agricultural seeds and Support kits to Forest collectors groups.
    From 15th March 2020 SMS have started awareness work via mobile phones and our team members have done phone calls and spread the messages about Covid-19. Animators have given all the important messages to our beneficiaries. As well as we have done digital communication also on WhatsApp. Through this group exchange of information with each other takes place. Instructions are given to work on the problem of the community and its solution. Like food distribution to needy families, preparing the list of non-ration holders, migrant labours who have reached to home village and who are sucked in other states etc.
    Distribution of Horlicks and Biscuits to the pregnant ladies, lactating mothers and children (7 months to 6 years.)- As per the order of District Social Welfare Officer Jamshedpur, SMS have to distribute nutritional items to the pregnant ladies, lactating mother and children in Dumuria block. Lady supervisor of ICDS provided us the numbers of the same Pregnant women and lactatingmothers-1387 and Children 7 months to 6 years -5868.
    We provided the items for all beneficiaries to the Angan wadi Workers in ICDS office in presence of LS. After that all 91 AWWs have distributed the items at their AWC level.
    Distribution of Masks, Soap and Detergents- We have distributed 2000 masks to Migration Worker, MNREGA workers, Shg women , Ration Store labors, Dal-bhat centers etc. we also distributed 2 soaps and one detergent powder to 500 families.
    SMS have started the activities on Post-Pandemic Economic Resilience specific and detailed plan to evolve at a later stage based on needs arising from communities.
    • Distribution of kharif based agro seeds and vegetable seeds for migrant worker families.
    • Facilitate and assist workers (when mobility restrictions are waived) willing to go back to work.
    • Facilitating local and immediate work opportunities among rural poor (collective work in communities - focus on preparedness of youth for handling such situation)
    • Identify Local and immediate work opportunities and support capacity building initiative.
    • Facilitate and assist workers (when mobility restrictions are waived) willing to go back to work.
    • Facilitating local and immediate work opportunities among Rural poor (collective work in communities - focus on preparedness of youth for handling such situation)
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  • Project Name  :  To empower tribal and other traditional forest dwellers to get their community forest rights recognized for sustainable forest-based livelihoods and conservation.
    Time Duration  :  2019 December to 2022
    Theme  :  Women's work and female labour migration, this initiative is taken into account the larger issues of rural distress, agricultural crises, forest rights, displacement, the current situation of labour rights in the country and labour migration of both men and women.
    Donor  :  Partnering Hope into Action (Phia) Foundation, New Delhi & FES, Hyderabad
    Description  :  
    This project is designed to tackle the pressing issue of forest rights in Jharkhand. Hundreds of thousands of families throughout the State do not have legal entitlement to their land, despite the Forest Rights Act being in place. The project is look to address all the relevant bottlenecks and problems in the process of gaining land entitlement. This will include helping communities to understand their rights and the process for claiming land, skilling up a cadre of Van Adhikaar Mitras to support claim generation, rolling out a digital means of verifying claims to expedite and accurately represent the claims and assist with the processing of claims and helping resolve any disputes that arise.

    In addition, the project will support the claims of Community Forest Land to help secure this for communities. It is anticipated that this project will reach out to 2.5 million tribal people, helping to provide a legal entitlement under the Forest Rights Act to their land. Despite the collaborative efforts of the Department of Welfare, GoJ and civil society, till now, the number of individual claims received in Jharkhand is low when compared to the forest dependent villages.

    The proposed intervention will help the tribal and other traditional dwelling communities to file their claims for recognition of rights under forest rights act. More than 15000 household will be able to file claims for their rights. More than 500 villages will be able to prepare and submit their community forest rights claims.

    The recognition of CFR rights would shift forest governance in Jharkhand towards a community conservation regime that is more food secure and sustainable livelihood oriented. Recognition of CFR, would enhance the community rights over forest and enable the community to confidently use, manage and conserve the part of the forest that falls within the traditional boundaries of their village, and the right to use and sell minor forest produce like tendu (a leaf used to make beedis), bamboo, honey and medicinal plants without any fear or inhibition.

    This would also safeguard the community from displacement issues as in spirit no project of the government or any private entity would be implemented without the consent and involvement of the gram sabha and it would result in legal protection for the communities as key stakeholders having rights for appropriate relief and rehabilitation, in case if any displacement. Tribal and forest dwelling communities once gain control of rights over forest resources would be the opening door to the largest land reform in state's history.

    Both PESA and FRA promote community participation in the conservation of natural resources and livelihood security of the forest dwellers and forest dependent communities. Both legislations aim at addressing these two crucial aspects of governance through Gram Sabhas and this intervention would further strengthen local self-governance especially in the Vth schedule areas as stated in PESA 1996.
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  • Project Name  :  GRAM NIRMAN - Community led Governance and Development in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, India
    Time Duration  :  2020 July to 2021 June
    Theme  :  The program focus is on schedule tribes and schedule caste communities who are the most marginalized communities; the main aim of the program is building resilience among the communities to cope up with such emergency and disastrous situations in the future. The situation will be analysed and based on the impact of COVID-19 to the target communities - e.g. their livelihood opportunities, community health, linking of migrant workers and other vulnerable communities with government entitlements or schemes, keep some provision for emergency support to most needy families as well as network support and capacity building of community institutions and local governance system, especially frontline workers.
    Donor  :  Caritas Australia & Australia Aid
    Description  :  
    The present proposal will address Strengthening of Gram Sabha (GS), CBOs, Community Institutions, food security, livelihood options, increased income and linkages with government. It will empower the community for preparedness, improved information system, improved partnership relationship, savings groups and climate resilient & adaptive agriculture. The overall impact of the program will enhance households better by strengthening physical, social and economic well-being. The emphasis will also to address the critical concerns of the most vulnerable section of the community. Sensitizing and capacities to ensure participation and visibility of these networks and groups in decision-making platforms.
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  • Project Name  :  Gram Nirman
    Time Duration  :  2017 to 2020
    Theme  :  Strengthen local governance PESA and livelihood development
    Donor  :  Caritas Auslialia/ India
    Description  :  
    The main aim of the program is to support the tribal communities for functional institutions towards achieving socio-economic well-being through socially and politically dynamic participation in decision-making bodies (Gram Sabhas) and being sensitized to the needs of the most vulnerable community members. Tribals are more vulnerable and marginalized due to their poor socio-economic conditions in terms of work-participation and access to various eligible government entitlements and flagship programme. The present proposal will address Strengthening of Gram Sabha (GS), CBOs, Community Institutions, food security, livelihood options, increased income and linkages with government. It will empower the community for preparedness, improved information system, improved partnership relationship, savings groups and conservation agriculture. The overall impact of the program will enhance households better by strengthening physical, social and economic well-being. The emphasis will also to address the critical concerns of the most vulnerable section of the community. Sensitizing and building capacities to recognize and make visibility of these networks and groups in decision-making platforms.
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  • Project Name  :  Internet Saathi Programme (Digital Literacy)
    Time Duration  :  2017 to 2019
    Theme  :  Reduce the gender disparity in internet use in rural India and empowering the women in rural area through digital literacy
    Donor  :  Tata liust/ PHIA
    Description  :  
    Internet Saathi programme sponsored by Google was launched in association with Tata Trust and PHIA Foundation. Its main objective is to help in closing down the digital literacy gaps. SMS work on Digital literacy and digital livelihood program in 5 Districts and 36 blocks with partnership of PHIA Foundation.Upon the completion of the targets by the Saathis, such active and interested saathis are to be linked to the digital livelihood programme where the saathi's themselves will carry out the survey work in the concerned villages. Active Saathis have been engaged in periodic surveys based on certain indicators as desired by Niti Aayog. Such thematic areas are Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure. As of now, only two themes have been focused- Health and Education.
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  • Project Name  :  GARV (Girls Aspiration for Rights & Values)
    Time Duration  :  2015 to 2018
    Theme  :  Combating Discrimination which is also focusing on the improved value & survival of the girl children with a thrust on addressing Female infanticide & foeticide
    Donor  :  PLAN INDIA (EC)
    Description  :  
    The broad goal of the program of empowering the community to eliminate Sex Selection and Sex Determination to guarantee a life of dignity for the girl child the Key Result Areas (KRAs) entail the activities that will enhance the value of the girl child in society by changing mindsets and ensuring ownership of the issue by the community and the government. The nature of the problem is socio-cultural and requires an overall, long term, multi targeted and multi-pronged approach.
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  • Project Name  :  Swadhikar
    Time Duration  :  2014 to 2017
    Theme  :  Liable development and good governance in Dumaria block. Capacitating the local self-governance and village development groups
    Donor  :  Caritas Auslialia/ India
    Description  :  
    The objective of the Project is to strengthen the tribal communities by strengthening the active participation in the village mandatory forums like Gram Sabha , Gram Panchyat and other traditional Sabhas organized for community development. The active participation means people not only able to articulate their needs and planning their development works in Gram Sabha but also actively monitor and evaluate the plans. It also strongly means inclusive participation of women, people living with disability, landless people, widows and women (single) headed families and all other marginalized community in the targeted villages. The major aim will be brought in good governance by making the local self-governance closer to the people and people friendly work for the people, by the people and with the people.
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  • Project Name  :  Single Women Empowerment through Land, Property Campaign
    Time Duration  :  2012 to 2016
    Theme  :  Single Women Empowerment through Land, Property Campaign and Health Promotion (RSBY)
    Donor  :  DFID /Caritas India
    Description  :  
    Single women face additional discrimination and social barriers to health and livelihood. PACS Program has given the opportunity for Expansion and strengthening of the single women and their association, the land and livelihood issues is the primary need of the single women in Jharkhand. However, land rights & skill development through right based approach and empowerment is the most important and critical issue for the single women and SMS is devoted to work and take challenges towards achieving goal. Total 1382 claims (5305 women) have been submitted for different type of lands. In which, (300 women govt land) in Schedule area application submitted to Gram Sabha by 3464 women of 295 women groups for community land and 1035 women of 86 women groups got the Kachcha Bandobasti. Increase homestead land entitlement of single women 2346 through Indira awas yojna.
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  • Project Name  :  Towards Empowerment: women and girls in source communities at the pre-migration and pre-decision making stage
    Time Duration  :  2015 to 2016
    Theme  :  To support young women in making informed decisions regarding their in-country migration for work
    Donor  :  Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women.
    Description  :  
    The importance of working with women in source communities, before they have made their decisions to migrate, is huge as it is the first stage in their migration story. While there is a need to work towards a safe, secured and violence free life for all women, the need for such work with migrating women is urgent. Most women migrating for domestic work come from socially and economically disadvantaged background and have little or no formal education. Their socialization process often does not allow them to question violence and violation of rights. Many do not see themselves as 'workers' even though they do back breaking work all the time. A woman can only think of raising her voice against violence at destination site, if she has already tried to do so in her home community. In order to demand that 'safe migration' and 'work in freedom' are their rights in the context of migration, the women must learn to demand safety and freedom from abuse in their home communities. In order to be able to claim their rights to organize at destination countries, the women must see for themselves that collectivization can be a source of power in their home communities as well. Such consciousness raising work can't be done in pre-departure training's. It has to be long termed and broad based.
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  • Earlier Projects

  • Project name- Lets girl be born 
    Area- Dhanbad disliict
    Stake Holders- Community, youth and newly wedded couple and girl child ,Govt. authorities And doctors 
    Funded By- PLAN INTERNATIONAL, India Chapter
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    State Level Orientation Workshop of Chief Judicial Magisliates On Declining Child Sex Ratio & PCPNDT Act In Jharkhand Click to Know More

  • Project name- Promoting sustainable sanitation in rural India
    Area- Saraikela disliict 
    Target group- Village People
    Funded By- Global Sanitation Fund(GSF), WSSCC
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  • Project name- Check Migration & liafficking of women and adolescent girls
    Area- 4 Panchayat of Dumaria block(East Singhbhum) 
    Target group- Migrated Families
    Funded By- CWS(Cenlie for World Solidarity), Hyderabad
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  • Project name- Women Self help group
    Area- Dumuria , Musabani (East Singhbhum)
    Target group- Rural & Marginalized Women 
    Funded By- NABARD
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  • Past Projects

    Projects Implemented Under Year 2008-2011 - Click Here

    Annual Report

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  • Case Stories / Study

    Stories

  • Title : Connectivity 24x7
  • Introduction :
    This the story of Jadugoda Village of Badakanjiya Panchayat. This village is situated around 10 kilometers from Dumuria headquarter. With no good road for a good connectivity with Dumuria’s mainstream.
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  • Title : Consistancy Provides Results
  • Introduction :
    There is women collective farmers group at Jadugoda , Badakanjia Dumuria. They are continuesly dong collective farming from 2016 and really establishing a role model for others by their great job. This time they have got support and recognization from block office.
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  • Title : Power of Unity
  • Introduction :
    This is a short story of 10 women’s of Bankishole village of Bankishole Panchayat of Dumuria Block. They all 10 women belongs to marginalized families.
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  • Title : Power of Unity
  • Introduction :
    This is a short story of 10 women’s of Rangamatiya village of Bdakanjia Panchayat of Dumuria Block. They all 10 women belongs to marginalized families.
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  • Title : Decision Makes Results
  • Introduction :
    It’s about the perfect planning of our team members. Short process of taking decision at the perfect time to achieve more result with less effort.
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  • Case Studies

    Sliuggle Stores of poor Single women in Jharkhand View Download

    "ALIEN WOMEN" White Paper of Single Women's View Download

  • NAME : BASANTI DEVI
  • Location : Ichagarh, Tiroldih, Seraikella kharsawana
  • Story :
    Basanti Devi lives in Tiroldih village of Ichagadh block in Saraikela District of Jharkhand. Many villages of Echagadh block are water logged due to Subarnrekha Dam. During the rainy season the villagers are sifted to outside of the village. Basanti says that it is difficult for going to the block office. After her marriage she was having been with her husband for a few days in Jamshedpur city that time she had trained sewing but she could not use her skills due to being in the village.
    Basanti showed her talent when she was trained by the ShramajiMahilaSamity, as an internet Saathis and she started teaching women on digital literacy in her and other villages. She was shows the design of garments through internet searching to rural women. She thought that she would start doing her own sewing job and buy some clothes from the market and started stitching of blouse, frock, ladies dress etc .
    During the teaching of the Internet, she shows the identical stitching; gradually she started receiving orders, so that her employment started increasing. Her husband has a ration shop with her house, and sometimes she settles in the shop. she saw a problem in the night at the time to bring medicine in the village. I got a list of many essential drugs from the net and asked the medical shop to take the medicine and keep it in my husband's shop so that the people of the village can be helped. Income from the shop also increased. Basanti said that she also has healthy training. She keeps her shop open till 10 pm and she says that even in the late night, the problems of the villagers she gives medicines. She has continued to serve the people along with his employment. She has completed his education to teach his internet but she is still learning.

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  • NAME : Sini Murmu
  • Location : Kuchai, Dalbhanga, Saraikela
  • Story :
    Sini worked as Internet Saathi in Kuchai Block. While working at the Internet Sathi, She faced many problems like - in villages where Sini was going, there were mostly family are in backward caste, and the literacy rate is very low. Many people ask her what is the internet saathi program? whether it is a government scheme what is available in the mobile. Many of them do not teach. Many times people would not have been allowed to enter the house, despite being surrounded by different situations, In this way, Sarah completes her target and becomes a familiarity and identity in her village, all of whom are now known as” Internet Didi”. Sini is one of the few things such as the Internet; she is a very good nurse, in the village. Where she lives and services the common people. Through the use of the Internet, she gets more information about medicine. Sini herself is very proud of these two identities as a nurse and an internet Saathi. And she made her work even stronger through the internet companion Sini have all the qualities of a leader, a team player and an entrepreneur. The other two villages that she reached are Mutugura and Dhunadih .
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  • NAME : Deveti Mahato
  • Location : Rajnagar, Tengrani, Saraikela
  • Story :
    She used to tailor clothes for the women of her village at a small scale. With that, she engaged in the Internet Saathi Program, and has been an active Saathi. She reached her target of teaching 700 beneficiaries in a span of three months of the inception of the program. Personally, she has up scaled her tailoring practice. This has been possible with her newfound recognition in the nearby village, as that has garnered clientele from over five nearby villages. Deveti now watches videos on the internet, and gets designs off of the web which is liked by the women who get clothes stitched from her. She has evolved as a spokesperson for women empowerment in her village, as she has been encouraging women to start up something of their own, and find an identity for them.
    Deveti encapsulates all the qualities of a leader, a team player and an entrepreneur. The other two villages that she reached are Bana and Barakanki.
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  • Mamta Makes a New Beginning
  • NAME:Mamta
  • Location:Aurangabad, Bihar
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  • NAME: Yasodha Mahali
  • Location: West Singhbhum
  • Case: Discrimination
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  • NAME:Manki Hansda
  • Location:Purihasa Singhbhum, Jharkhand
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  • NAME: Mogha Kuwar
  • Location: Palmu
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  • NAME: Munni Devi
  • Location: Kasmar,Bokaro
  • Case: Social Voilence
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  • NAME: Sukhi Mardi
  • Location: Pakur
  • Case: Domestic Voilence
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  • NAME: Rekha Devi
  • Location: Giridih
  • Case: Land
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  • NAME: Lego Murmu
  • Location: Dumka
  • Case: RSBY
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