Mehar?s case a social issue: SWC
THE MEHAR?s case should continue as an intense social issue not a political issue. Mehar, who sacrificed her life while guarding modesty of another woman, should be declared a martyr.Updated: Mar 29, 2006 01:20 IST
THE MEHAR’s case should continue as an intense social issue not a political issue. Mehar, who sacrificed her life while guarding modesty of another woman, should be declared a martyr.
This statement was made by State Women Commission (SWC) chairperson Ranjana Bajpai, while addressing a press conference at her office on Tuesday.
She said the SWC was not apathetic to the Mehar case, it had already written to the Chief Minister, the DGP and the SSP demanding justice. She said the SWC would hold a national seminar in April-end and all State commissions as well as the national commission would take part in the seminar. “Women commissions have no teeth. We will discuss minutely how to make the commissions effective and send a proposal with demand to the President of India,” she said.
She said the commissions should have more powers to work effectively. On the Mehar case, she said the SWC had constituted a team to look into the matter.
The SWC held a condolence meeting on Mehar’s demise.
Jaiswal for CBI probe
THE UNION Home Ministry would ‘request’ the State Government to recommend a CBI probe into the Mehar Bhargava murder case. Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal, who called upon the bereaved family in Lucknow on Tuesday, told HT that after 28 days of the attack, the fact that Mehar’s killers were still at large was a matter of concern.
“Though it’s the State Government’s prerogative, we would still request them to go in for a CBI probe,” Jaiswal said. Former home minister of UP, Swaroop Kumari Bakshi, who also called upon the Bhargavas, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the Amausi airport earlier in the day. “I requested Mrs Gandhi to intervene in the Mehar episode and prevail upon the State Government about the need for a CBI inquiry,” she said.
First Published: Mar 29, 2006 01:20 IST