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Report on rape presented to PM raises controversy

An official report on rape presented to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee recently has touched off a fierce controversy even as the National Commission for Women (NCW) sought an explanation from the author about the source.



Ironically, the author of the 160-page report, Poornima
Advani, is a member of the NCW and the report title 'rape- a
legal study' is a publication of the commission. The report
was presented to Vajpayee on June 15.

“I have sought an explanation from the member about the sourcing. The commission is awaiting the response and it will only decide on further course of action after receiving the
explanation,” NCW chairperson Vibha Parthasarthi told PTI.

Asked if the portion of the prologue, which various
women's organisations have taken strong exception to, will be deleted as demanded by the organisations, Parthasarthi said I cannot say anything at this moment. Let me get the explanation then only the commission will decide.

Asked if the portion of the prologue, which various
women's organisations have taken strong exception to, will be deleted as demanded by the organisations, Parthasarthi said I cannot say anything at this moment. Let me get the explanation then only the commission will decide.

Various women's organisations including all India
Democratic Women's Association, Young Women's Christain Association and Indian Association for Women's Studies,
strongly protested the prologue of the report and demanded its deletion to restore the credibility of an otherwise painstaking document representing the considered views of the commission.

This is not history but its distortion. Setting aside
recent scholarships by women`s studies, scholars on the
origins of patriarchy and oppression of women in ancient
India, acknowledged the decline in women`s status several
centuries before the compilation of Manusmiriti, They said.

Report : Zeenext Bureau

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