Centre mulling proposal to give NCW power to arrest

The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is mulling a proposal to give punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to NCW in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Jul 03, 2014, 08:53 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is mulling a proposal to give punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to National Commission for Women (NCW) in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place.

The government is also considering to extend NCW`s jurisdiction to Jammu and Kashmir.

As per reports, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has prepared a Cabinet note which proposes that the jurisdiction of NCW should be extended to the Jammu and Kashmir.
The WCD ministry sources also claim that in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place, the Ministry has proposed to give NCW the power to investigate, search, seize, issue warrant and arrest.

A Director General of Police (DGP) rank official will assist NCW in the investigations. "The extension of jurisdiction has been proposed so that the women victims in the state (J&K )could have a forum for redressal," a senior official said. According to the note, NCW will also have some CrPC powers.