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Finally NCW has a chairperson and a new member

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2011 22:06 IST
Sanjib Kr Baruah

The National Commission for Women has got a new chairperson after Mamta Sharma's name was approved by the PMO on Friday based on the recommendation from the women and child development ministry.

"The PMO has approved Mamta Sharma's name for the chairperson's post and Charu Wali Khanna as a member for NCW," said a government official.

Work had been piling up in NCW after acting chairperson Yasmeen Abrar's term came to an end on July 14.

Sources said intense lobbying for the posts had stalled the appointments which is serious in view of the rising crimes against women across the country.

Sharma had headed the Rajasthan Mahila Congress while Khanna is an advocate and a women's rights activist.

NCW is the only national level authority having the mandate of protecting the rights of women across the country.

Even after the new additions, the NCW still has three vacancies for members with Wansuk Syiem being the
other member.

A parliamentary standing committee in the last session has strongly recommended an increase in the number of staff in view of
increasing complaints. Appointment of NCW members is a political decision which has to be cleared by the ministry of women and child development.


Complaints are lodged in the NCW under 33 heads, including dowry death, harassment, police inaction, rape, acid attack and problems related to NRI marriages. According the National Crime Records Bureau, 63,601 cases of
rape and 1,17,858 cases of molestation were registered from across the country from 2007 to 2009.

In 2010, NCW got 15,700 complaints, up from 14,233 in 2009. Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states from where the maximum numbers of complaints (27,435) have been received by the NCW since its inception, followed by Delhi (7,452).