R. Geetha Reddy
Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Saifabad, Hyderabad: 500004
Legal empowerment is a powerful tool for improving and transforming lives because it equips women with the knowledge and resources to control of their lives and fight discriminatory practices and policies. The present study was taken by the researcher to evaluate the working of the law related to women in practice. The study on law and status of women is attempted to know how married women are aware of their rights, their attitude and practice of legislation. The study is exploratory in nature .The study was carried out in urban and rural areas between elite and poor women for the purpose of meaningful comparison. The method adopted for selecting sample was known as stratified random sampling with purposive sampling. Hence a total of 300 women were selected as sample from urban elite and poor, rural Elite and poor consisting of 75 women respondents in each group. The data was collected with the help of questionnaires and interview schedule. The study indicated that the urban women had better awareness of legal rights than the rural women indicating the rural urban residence had influence on ones awareness of legal rights. Considering the attitudes towards the legal right of women, it was found that Urban – rural residence had no impact on the attitudinal levels of the women towards their legal rights. The results of the present study also indicated that the practice of legal rights would very much depend on their urban-rural residence. It was also evident from the correlation matrix that exposure to mass media, followed by awareness of legal rights, life satisfaction and decision making power are contributing variables for the overall status of women.