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Rehabilitate unwed tribal girls, control social networking sites, panel tells Maharashtra government

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 9:23pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

An interim report of the Justice (retd) Dharmadhikari Committee, set up to curb crimes against women, has asked Maharashtra government to control social networking sites as they can be used to harass women. It also wants the state to rehabilitate unwed young mothers from tribal communities.

The suggestions are contained in the fourth and the fifth interim reports of the committee, submitted to HC by government today. The state government also informed the court that the tenure of the Dharmadhikari Committee, which had submitted three interim reports in the past, had been extended till November 30.

Five days ago, a division bench had issued a contempt notice against principal home secretary for government's inaction in implementing the committee's recommendations. The interim report submitted on Monday said social networking sites such as Facebook had become a harassment for women and the government should take steps to stop violent tendencies against women displayed on such sites.

The report also pointed out that there were a number of incidents of unwed minor tribal girls becoming mothers, and suggested that the state look after their rehabilitation.

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