Lucknow: Chairperson of National
Commission for Women Yasmeen Abrar on Thursday accused the Mayawati
government of denying it permission to hold a hearing in the
state capital today on the issue of "recent spurt" in crime
against women in Uttar Pradesh.
Abrar, who went to Nighasan in Lakhimpur district to
meet the family of the minor girl who was allegedly raped and
murdered in a police station, said that she was refused
permission at the last moment yesterday to hold the public
hearing and meet senior officials so as to know the reasons
behind the disturbing trend.
"We had been informing the state government of our
programme regularly but last evening we were told that due to
the busy schedule of the officials it would not be possible to
hold a meeting," she said, adding that now the commission has
given July 7 as the next date for its programme.
"That it was a last minute decision on the part of the
state could be proved from the fact that some of the state
officials were already present at the VVIP guest house"-- the
venue of meeting, she told agency over phone.
Abrar claimed her team was not given protocol and had
to go to Nighasan by hiring a taxi from Lucknow.
On the recent spat with the UP government which
accused the various national commissions of being proactive
in the state, Abrar said that she was only working as per the
law for checking atrocities against women by taking suo motu
notice of such incidents, anywhere in the country.
"Our job is only to make recommendations and help the
government.... We are not taking any action against anyone and
if anyone thinks it is wrong it is their faulty thinking," she
said, adding that instead of blaming the central government or
terming it as the "remote control, it would be better if the
work of the commission is viewed separately".
On suggestions that the NCW was "focusing" on UP,
Abrar said that "it was only because more incidents are taking
place in the state.
"Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister should appreciate us
for our efforts to check crime against women," she said.
On the visit to Nighasan, she said the mother of the
deceased had sent a telephonic message to the Commission in
The legal advisor, Mehmood Parcha, who accompanied
Abrar to Nighasan, said that evidence were still lying outside
the room, which the mother of the girl has identified as the
place of crime, and they had not been taken note of by the
"Some cotton swabs were found lying outside the
ventilator of the room and they have been sealed and handed
over to the police for proper forensic investigations," he