Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched the first of a series of legal camps for women in Khizapur village in Okhla.
The camps,which will soon be held in all nine districts in Delhi,are aimed at spreading awareness among women on their rights,provisions of law and relevant government authorities to combat violence against women.
Dikshit said such camps were essential for empowerment,welfare,security and safety of women. It is essential to have proper knowledge of the provisions of law in order to approach relevant authorities. Such camps can bring awareness,which is of paramount importance to avail the benefits and protection from the government, she said.
She said the government had in recent times taken several steps to empower women in the national capital and that more would be done shortly.
According to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Barkha Singh,many women who attended the camp did not even know of the DCWs existence.
We have decided to concentrate our efforts in Delhis rural and outer areas where most women know little of their rights. During Saturdays camp,many women came to know what the DCW does for the first time, Singh said.