To expand the spread of governmental schemes into the nooks and corners of the country will be the foremost priority of Yasmeen Abrar, newly appointed chairperson of the National Commission for Women. There is no shortage of governmental schemes and policies, but they need to be implemented in letter and spirit in the
grassroots where the awareness levels of women with respect to the law and the rights they are entitled to is very low, Abrar, who took over on Friday after the completion of the tenure of Girija Vyas, told Hindustan Times.
The skewed sex ratio in the less-than-six-year-old infants will be another challenge. My experience in the commission in the last six years has not been good in this particular aspect. We have been trying our best but clearly much more needs to be done. And in order to raise awareness levels and the level of implementation and monitoring, we have set up a committee that will keep an eye on the implementation of the various schemes in all the states. This committee which has nine members at present will be expanded to include representatives from the various ministries, corporate, NGOs, lawyers and from all the states. The rising crime against women will form another focus.
For crimes such as rape, immediate relief should be made imperative.” Already into her second term in the NCW, Abrar has been a member of the commission since 2005. Abrar has grown up in a political family and also represented Sawai Madhopur constituency in Rajasthan as MLA from 1998-2003. A consultant at Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, she has been active in the fight for uplift of women and children.