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Centre apathy disappoints Women’s Commission

Centre apathy disappoints Women’s Commission
Of 21 reports submitted by the panel, only eight were implemented

New Delhi, July 7

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is disappointed with the treatment the Government is according to most of its reports. Chairperson of the Commission Girija Vyas on Monday said out of 21 reports prepared by the Commission so far, only eight had been implemented.

“We are now writing to the chairpersons of both the Houses of Parliament and the presidents of state legislatures to make it mandatory for the Government to place out reports on the table of the House, so that they can be discussed if needed,” Vyas said on Monday.

She was speaking after a meeting with the representatives of chairpersons of state women’s commissions. A number legal initiatives taken by the NCW including the law for sexual harassment at workplace (for enhanced compensation in the event of harm), scheme for rehabilitation of rape and acid victims, uniformity in the legal age of marriage (Prevention of Child Marriage Act and Juvenile Justice Act are not in conformity with the issue), are yet to see light of the day.

NCW hopes the law to prevent sexual harassment at workplace will be introduced in the parliament in the forthcoming session. Asking the state commissions to work seriously to prevent rapes, sex determination and honour killings, Vyas said the Government should take Commission’s recommendations seriously.

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