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Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 14, 2011
Underlining the National Commission for Women's emphasis on rural women, the newly appointed chairperson of the women's body has said the 'Chalo Gaon Ki Ore' (Let's move to the villages) programme would be put on the fast track. "The country-wide programme to establish direct contact at the grassroot level has been on since the last five years or so. My priority is to put it on the fast track. Programmes for women will truly succeed only if awareness reaches the villages," Yashmeen Abrar, newly-appointed chairperson, NCW, told Hindustan Times. Launched on February 3, 2006, the 'Chalo Gaon Ki Ore' campaign, aimed at empowering women in the villages, initially covered Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, because of the pressing problem of female foeticide and the missing girl child in these states.

"We are also in the process of setting up a committee that will monitor the programme implementation in all the states. It will monitor whether the programmes are reaching to the anganwadis or not, whether NREGA is being implemented or not, etc."

The chairperson also emphasized the need for the pro-active involvement of civic society. "In cases of crime against women like the Dhaula Kuan rape case or the recent shootout in the same area where a college girl was shot dead on a foot bridge, many crimes would not have taken place if people or bystanders had acted then and there."

The NCW is also seeking a report from the Noida administration on the two sisters confining themselves in their apartment for over six months, one of whom expired Wednesday morning.

Amendments in the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act, proper implementation of Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill will be NCW's priority areas to push for in the Monsoon session of Parliament, Abrar said.