NCW seeks report on sisters, feels society should be alert

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:12

New Delhi: The NCW on Wednesday ordered a probe
into the Noida incident involving two sisters who remained
self-confined in their apartment for over six months, and
sought a report from the administration there.

"The Noida case has disturbed me a lot. We are seeking
a report from the administration and police there. If we are
not satisfied, we might constitute a team and visit the spot,"
acting chairperson of National Commission for Women Yasmeen
Abrar told reporters here.
An official statement said that Abrar has ordered an
inquiry into the incident.

In a shocking case, sisters Anuradha and Sonali, both
in their 40s, were found acutely malnourished and dehydrated
when they were rescued by police and an NGO yesterday in their
Sector 59 apartment after six months of self-confinement.
Anuradha died this morning at a hospital.

To a query about whether the area residents welfare
association should be taken to task, Abrar said civil society
has a key role to play in preventing such incidents.
"They were confined for such a long time. I feel that
civil society has a role. The society should monitor, be
aware, come forward," she said.

"If such things happen, the neighbourhood comes to
know. If one day the door has not been opened, they know. The
people living in the neighbourhood remained silent. If
everyone keeps within themselves, that will not work."

She said the matter should be looked into in all
seriousness including what are reasons or the situation which
prompted it, whether any property issue was involved or there
was any possibility that they were kept confined and whether
the reports that are coming out in media reflect the actual
situation. "It looks like there is something wrong," she said.

Abrar, addressing the media for the first time after
taking charge following the end of tenure of Girija Vyas, said
she will follow the NCW`s existing policy of `chalen gaon ke
ore` (let us go to the village) and strive to take the
commission to the grassroots to ensure freedom for all women.

A monitoring committee will soon be formed to look
into implementation of women-centric laws and other such
schemes in states with the help of governments there, Abrar, a
member of the women`s panel since 2005, said.

She said amendments in the Pre-Conception and
Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection)
Act, proper implementation of Domestic Violence Act and the
Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill will be NCW`s priority
areas to push for in the Monsoon session of Parliament.

To a question on safety of women in Delhi, Abrar said
law and order situation should be strengthened in the city.

"There are strong laws, but we have to implement them
properly. Police, civil society and media have a role to play
in this regard," she said adding, the Commission has already
held consultation with the city Police Commissioner and laid
out a seven-point programme to make the city safer.


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First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:12

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