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You are posted as the S.P of a district with a low literacy rate. You become aware that the some of the population is highly patriarchal and superstitious.

Topic: Case Study

6. You are posted as the S.P of a district with a low literacy rate. You become aware that the some of the population is highly patriarchal and superstitious.

One day, a 31-year-old woman comes to you who was allegedly subjected to a traumatising ritual where ashes given by a godman were smeared on her naked body to “help her give birth to a male child”. The woman was also subjected to four years of mental and physical harassment by her husband and mother-in-law after she gave birth to two daughters. They used to hit her in the stomach and blame her for bringing bad luck to their house. They also started demanding more gold valuables from her parents, without which they even threatened to kill her daughters.

As the S.P, what course of action will you take? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Case Study Fridays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

to develop a link between changing your attitude and changing your behaviour.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by giving an account of patriarchy and superstition in modern times.

Body:

Mention as an S.P, the short-term measures you will immediately take to provide relief to the woman and hold the guilty party accountable.

Next, write about the long-term measures you will take to root out patriarchy and superstition in the district.

Conclusion:

Complete the answer by stressing how changing to right behaviours can impact our nation positively.