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Vrindavan widows` plight: SC unhappy with UP govt

Last Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 21:22

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed unhappiness over the Uttar Pradesh government`s "failure" to fully constitute the state women`s commission to look into the pitiable condition of widows in Vrindavan.

The court was unhappy that the government was yet to appoint chairperson and vice-chairperson of the state`s women commission despite the fact that the issue was being monitored by it.

"You don`t care about women in Uttar Pradesh. They are not a priority for you," a bench of justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur said.

The bench also perused the documents placed by the women`s commission and expressed its displeasure over its affairs.

"What is this? You don`t have a chairperson nor a vice-chairperson. How are you functioning," the bench asked.

"By when would the commission be fully constituted," it said.

The bench, which fixed September 19 to hear the matter, was handed over a letter by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, a pioneer in promoting sanitation and human rights, proposing to provide relief to widows.

The counsel appearing for the Sulabh International said there was proposal from the organisation to provide financial help to the widows for their rehabilitation.

However, the bench said it would consider all the issues during the next hearing.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) also submitted its affidavit spelling out the steps to be taken for improving the widows condition and recommended setting up a management trust to develop the infrastructure in Vrindavan.


First Published: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 21:22
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