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India had witnessed a paradigm shift in the 90s. Indian culture was nourished with globalization policies. Though a remarkable boon was observed in the Indian economy, it has crippled the same in many ways. In celebrating our successes and boons, it is equally important to see the issues we face. India is the 2nd largest country on globe with population of 1.21 billion. The figures show that India represents almost 17.31% of the world's population, which means one out of six people on this planet live in India. This huge population has resulted in weakening of nation’s socio economic fabrics.

These various issues intervene to form a complex web that ensnares communities and thus affects the very fabric of society/social harmony. The problems are numerous and hence there cannot be one single solution. Instead we need one similar understanding, one single programme that deals with multiple issues at multiple levels, simultaneously. We at Shafa understood how deeply these issues are interconnected and inter-related. One cannot merely focus on aspects without understanding the real cause and what issues could be born out of it. Although Shafa works primarily with drug addicts, however its Holistic treatment approach, interventions and focus, is not merely addressing an individual or a particular issue in isolation but every aspect on an addict’s society, be it a distorted married relation, a rebellious child as result of broken family, old parents neglected due to an alcoholic son, or a deviant child.

SHAFA realized the need for starting such a consolidated programme, on a larger scale, that would follow the Therapeutic Community model It is with this vision in mind that Shafa aims to expand its therapeutic community programmes to work on various levels, to understand these multiple social issues and hence to create a model of therapeutic community that addresses the larger canvas of problems affecting the nation at large. By its specially designed program of family counselling meetings, SHAFA empowers women to have a major stake in all round aspect of the family. By its community outreach program, major interventions are conducted in education, health care, legal assistance, referral services, awareness generation and sensitization. The emphasis therefore is on seeing the larger picture and finding ways to treat those social issues that threaten or affect the normal functioning of our society. Finally, it would not be out of place to say that Shafa is committed to build a nation where eradicating a social problem is not a rare occurrence but rather a norm.




The nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. According to a 2005 World Bank estimate, 41.6% of the total Indian population falls below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day (PPP, in nominal terms 21.6 a day in urban areas and 14.3 in rural areas).


India has the largest illiterate population with literacy rate 74.04% as compared to the worlds average literacy rate of 84%. The 2011 census indicated a 2001-2011 decadal literacy growth of 9.2%, which is slower than the growth see during the previous decade.
Health scenario in India accounts for sixth of the world’s population. But only a sixth of India’s billion people have access to affordable healthcare. Quality healthcare, however, remains inaccessible for many undeveloped Indian regions.




India as a nation is faced with massive problem of unemployment. The Labour Bureau of the Government of India has conducted a survey on unemployment, and has come up with an unemployment rate based on that.

The overall unemployment rate is 9.4%, and it is split out as 10.1% in rural areas, and 7.3% in urban areas. For males, the unemployment rate is 8%, whereas for females the unemployment rate is 14.6%.



Worst affected are the women population which till date is fighting for the right to identity. Technological advancement was used against the women resulting in female foeticide.

Sex ratio of girls to boys has dropped to less than 800:1000 in which states like Punjab Haryana and Delhi tops the list.





According to UN press report two third of married Indian women are victims of domestic violence. It is smothered within the walls of homes. Though we acknowledge our self as Goddess country, dowry deaths have risen to an innumerable extent.

As per a TIME magazine report, dowry deaths in India have gone up 15-fold from 400 cases in 1980s to 5,800 in 1990s. National Crime Bureau of the Government of India reported 6,000 dowry related deaths in 1995. These are official figures, reality must be petrifying.



Nineteen percent of the world's children live in India. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 14,975 cases of various crimes against children in 2005 (includes physical, emotional, sexual abuse and child neglect).

47% of India’s children below the age of three are malnourished. Approximately 1.72 million children die each year before turning one.


Today there are 77 million old people in India. This number is likely to rise to 177 million by 2025. 90% of the older people are from unorganized sector with no social security.40% of the old live below poverty line.

75% of the old are from the rural areas. 55% of the women 60+ in age [a staggering 19 million] are widows.73% of the old are illiterate.
75% of the old are from the rural areas.75% of the old are from the rural areas. 55% of the women .



India is ranked 3rd among the countries with the most number of HIV-infected. India has got 11 million of street children who survives on the streets and slums in the cities and resort to begging, vending and crimes.

The age of children engaged in crimes range within 5-18 yrs. As such streets offer milieu where small children graduate into hard core criminals.


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