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MPSWC gears up to ?save Bharatiya Nari?

RAPES AND humiliation of the MP?s Dalit women aren?t on the Madhya Pradesh State Women Commission (MPSWC) agenda as its concern for now is about saving dignity of the Bharatiya Nari from the baneful influence of Ekta Kapur?s serials.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 13:43 IST

RAPES AND humiliation of the MP’s Dalit women aren’t on the Madhya Pradesh State Women Commission (MPSWC) agenda as its concern for now is about saving dignity of the Bharatiya Nari from the baneful influence of Ekta Kapur’s serials.

Two days ago, a woman Sarpanch was paraded naked in a Chhatarpur village; the two Christian rape victims of Khargone district are still waiting for justice; atrocities on women are getting reported across the State; but the next meeting of the MPSWC has top on the agenda format of the notices to be issued to queen of Saas –Bahu serial Ekta Kapur and others.

“We have a meeting on July 5 when we will decide exact course of action. Decision to serve notice on producers of television serials is more or less certain,’’ MPSWC chairperson Relam Chouhan told the Hindustan Times.

The SWC has taken suo-motu cognizance of the negative portrayal of the Indian woman in TV serials. “The Indian family system is being demeaned in most of these serials. Women are shown as conspirators and villains,’’ Chouhan lamented, adding that this could not be tolerated any more.

The commission is busy collecting details of all the tele-serials and advertisements that tend to demean the Indian woman.
Chouhan appeared pretty confident that the commission’s initiative would bear fruit.  “If the persons to whom notices will be served do not respond, we will take suitable action,’’ she averred.

One only wishes that the chairperson would be equally proactive about burning issues facing the women of the State. The State has one of the worst rates of crimes against women. Latest statistics suggest that the State tops in the country in rapes, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates and violent incidents like parading women naked are not so infrequent.

But Chouhan does not seem to have any plan for remedial action on these fronts. “Not as of now. But we would surely let you know when we decide upon a campaign in this regard.’’

Then, as an afterthought, she added that the commission does take notice of all such incidents against women and tries to help the victims.