Socio economic background of the victim widows (A case study of hiv/aids & conflict victim widows in Imphal West District of Manipur)
Oinam Shantibala Devi
The present study focus on socio-economic background of the respondent-windows is crucial to understand the multiple factors that impact them as they have been victims of conflict and HIV/AIDS. Their socio-economic background determines how an individual looks at widows and how they are vulnerable to their subjugation in the society. Hence, the present chapter is aimed to portray the socio-economic background of the respondents, which is being analysed in term of age-structure, caste groups, religion, educational levels, occupations, income, family types, house types, ownership of house, household items, landholding size, headships of the family, decision makers in the widows’ families, age at the time of marriage, types of marriage, number of children in the widow’s family, sources of financial support, saving status among the widows. Methodology: The present study analyses the responses of 300 victim-widows, comprising 78 conflict- and 222 HIV/AIDS-victim widows drown from the Imphal West district of Manipur. The discussion is taken up hereunder.