The Punjab Istri Sabha, a women's rights body, on Saturday demanded a public apology from the state women's commission chief, Paramjit Kaur Landran, for blaming "growing impatience" among women for the rising cases of domestic violence.
In a recent media interaction, Landran had said, "Marital disputes are taking place due to women's impatience." She had also accused women of filing dowry complaints to take revenge from their husbands.
Dr Kanwaljeet Dhillon, an activist of the Chandigarh unit of the Punjab Istri Sabha, said that women bore the brunt of domestic violence not because they were intolerant but because of the insensitive behaviour of men. She said Landran's views reflected her feudal, patriarchal mindset.
Members of the women's group said that Landran should immediately render a public apology for her remarks. They appealed to the government not to give such important posts to "petty politicians". "These posts should be given to those who have struggled for the rights of women," Dhillon said.