Maharashtra women's commission to have a head, at last

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 11:07am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

A year after the Delhi gang rape and the continuous rise in crime against women, the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay high court that by December-end it will complete the process of filling up vacancies in the Maharashtra State Commission for Women.

Additional government pleader SS Shinde told a division bench of justices SJ Vazifdar and Gautam Patel that they will be taking the necessary steps by December 31, 2013.

Last week, the government faced ire from the HC for failing to fill the posts.

The high court was hearing public interest litigation (PIL) filed by activists Vihar Durve and Meera Kamat, stating that all the seven posts, including that of the chairperson of the state commission for women, have been lying vacant since 2009.

The commission was formed in 2006 to protect the fundamental rights of women, to take remedial measures against practices derogatory to women and so on, stated the PIL.

The PIL added: “The posts of the chairperson and the six members were filled in 2006 for a tenure of three years. However, even after the end of the three-year tenure in 2009, no fresh appointments have been made by the state government.”

SR Bubna, counsel for the petitioner, said that till May 2013, around 49,000 cases pertaining to atrocities on women was pending in several courts in the state.

Last week itself, the court was informed by the government that the files seeking appointment of the chairperson and members were pending with the chief minister’s office.

For upholding the rights of women
The high court was hearing a PIL filed by activists Vihar Durve and Meera Kamat, stating that all the seven posts, including that of the chairperson of the state commission for women, have been lying vacant since 2009. The commission was formed in 2006 to protect the fundamental rights of women, to take remedial measures against practices derogatory to women and so on, said the PIL.


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