The Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Barkha Singh has taken a serious view of character assassination of Noida murder victim Aarushi Talwar. She has condemned the Noida Police in strong terms.
She intends to form a strong and viable committee of eminent women activists of the Capital to discourage such attempts on part of the police authorities in future. Strongly favouring the decentralisation of justice at the district level to women victims, Barkha Singh intends to request the Delhi Chief Minister to open more DCW offices in Delhi.
Here are some of the excerpts of her interview with Hindustan Times:
What is your opinion of the police handling of Aarushi murder case? How do you rate the performance of Noida Police and the CBI who have not come to any concrete conclusion till date even after so much of media hype?
I was really shocked to hear about Aarushi's murder but what disturbed me the most as a mother and a woman is her character assassination. It amounted to outraging the modesty of an adolescent girl after her sad demise by the senior officers of Noida Police.
The police or the investigation agency should never cast aspersions or do character assassination of any woman without confirming facts. The agencies should also exercise immense restraint while speaking to the media.
What is Delhi Commission for Women doing to counter such character assassination attempts?
The DCW plans to form a permanent committee involving an eminent woman lawyer, doctor, senior police officer, social activists and a DCW member to co-ordinate with the police and other investigating agencies to ensure that such unfortunate incidents of character assassinations are not repeated in future.
The DCW is also writing to the Delhi Police Commissioner asking him to send a special communication to all police stations of Delhi to ensure that modesty of women victims is not outraged.
After your assuming charge as DCW chairperson, what new steps have been initiated by you to provide speedy relief and justice to women victims?
As the Chairperson of DCW I have been striving hard to ensure that each and every women victim who comes to DCW get speedy justice. I can say with full confidence that I have been highly successful in achieving this aim. During my present tenure, more then 60 per cent cases related to domestic violence, dowry evils, rape and sexual harassment at work place have been solved.