A Delhi Court has pulled up the National Commission for Women (NCW) for failing to produce documents pertaining to a child custody case despite repeated reminders, forcing it to issue a direction to commission chairperson Girija Vyas.
Fed up with the attitude of NCW officials, Additional District Judge (ADJ) Kamini Lau has issued a notice to its chairperson directing her to personally ensure the production of relevant record before the court on March 19, the next date of hearing.
“NCW is an organisation set up for destitute women, but it lacks a mechanism to follow up the case when it is heard in the court. An impression has been created that the commission is not serious in following up with court orders,” Lau said. Sarita (name changed), a resident of Delhi, had approached the court seeking custody of her minor child after her husband’s death. Initially, she had lodged a complaint with the NCW against her in-laws.
She was relying upon her complaint with the commission. But despite repeated summons to the NCW, records regarding her complaint were not produced before the court.
The court noted that the NCW, an organisation created for welfare of women, was certainly expected to be more vigilant. Drawing the commission chairperson’s attention to the “current mess”, the court expressed hope that with her intervention some kind of mechanism would be evolved to ensure timely production of records in court proceedings.
The ADJ allowed the mother to visit her child from February 25 to March 11.