Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
The Status of Muslim Women Slum Dwellers: A study on Some Selected Slums in Bashirhat Municipal Area, West Bengal, India
Author(s): Ram Krishna Sen
Abstract: The State of West Bengal witnessed significantly a high level of urbanization during the decades: 70â€™s to 80â€™s. As the density of urban population of West Bengal was 50% more that the national average, the slum population in the State is also much more than the average national slum population, which accounts for 35% to 40% of the urban population. Slum areas are nothing new to the urban towns of West Bengal. It has been very much in existence from long time back for providing accommodation to the Economically Weaker Section as well as the backward section of the community. Basirhat Municipality is an area of gruelling poverty in terms of economic sense. Annually, the city draws an estimated 2000 to 2500 mostly poor migrants who provide critical employment for the cityâ€™s industries and services. Most migrants come from Bangladesh and rural areas in search of opportunities, which can provide new livelihood options for them. As one walks through Basirhat the pervasive poverty is evident, as is the inequality between rich and poor. The poor mainly live in slums scattered throughout the city, with close to 62.25percent of slums located on privately owned land creating considerable institutional challenges in terms of basic service provision. The article explores the socio-economic condition of women in slum area of Basirhat Mumicipal Area. The finding of the study is social economic condition of women in slum area of Basirhat Mumicipal Area.