Thursday, October 8, 2009

JK introducing Protection of Women Domestic Violence Act


SCW to get more teeth to curb violence on women

Jammu ans Kashmir State Commission for Women has been empowered and given more teeth to curb the atrocities being inflicted on women.

This was stated by Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo while releasing annual report 2008-09 of Jammu and Kashmir state Commission for Women at EDI Conference hall IMPA Srinagar here today.

The Minister said the women from far-flung areas usually unaware of the Commission should approach it and register their cases, so that they are able to get justice. She said the age of ignorance is gone when the women folk endured every hardship, adding that they must get awake now and take active part in day-to-day dealings.

The Minister said that crime against women has reached to dangerous proportions and the commission must widen its activities to sensitize the women folk in every nook and corner about their rights and obligations. Ms. Itoo said by heading Social Welfare department she has embarked upon a mission to better the lot of women who have been worst sufferers during the last two decades of turmoil in the state.

Ms. Sakina said that need of the hour is to organize awareness camps for women at remote areas of the state, so that they can be acquainted with various social welfare schemes sponsored both by central and state governments. She said that we need to address the issue of domestic violence and discrimination against women very seriously.

The Minister said education can play an important role in this regard adding that until the women know their rights, they can not fight against the injustice. She appreciated the Commission for performing its job seriously. She said that the protection of women domestic violence act will shortly be introduced in Jammu and Kashmir, which will empower them to seek their rights and live in dignity. She added that women all over the country are being discriminated, their work not acknowledged and the crime against them needs special attention.

Secretary of Social Welfare Department, Mr. M.S.Khan during his speech said that we need to focus on women education so that the violence against them is curbed. He said that the increasing violence against women has reached an alarming situation.

Secretary of the Commission, Hafiza Muzaffar briefed the participants about the role of the Commission and the mandate the Commission has to deal with various cases of atrocities inflicted on women. She elaborated that the Commission has to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and other laws relating to women with the appropriate authorities, looking into complaints and take suo-moto notice of maters relating to deprivation of women’s rights. The summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person from any part of the country and examining him on oath and requiring the discovery and production of any document is also within the preview of Commission, she added.

Later, the Minister also chaired the Consultative Committee meeting of the Commission.

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