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NCW move to empower eves

THE NATIONAL Commission for Women will launch an ambitious campaign to make rural women aware of their rights. Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh will launch this awareness campaign (read educational programme) on February 3 at New Delhi.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:31 IST

THE NATIONAL Commission for Women will launch an ambitious campaign to make rural women aware of their rights. Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh will launch this awareness campaign (read educational programme) on February 3 at New Delhi.

The commission envisages to educate rural women with everything that concerns them. They will be told about various laws that safeguard their interest, especially those related to domestic violence. Through this novel scheme, the NCW expects to target about half the country’s population, said NP Gupta (IAS), who is member-secretary of the organization.

Under this scheme, NCW would use different methods — like screening short films, putting up posters and wall writings — to educate them about their rights. The NCW would solicit help from NSS volunteers, NGOs, Nehru Yuva Kendra and others for spreading awareness.

He said, “We also intend to amend the school curriculum so that girls studying in rural schools get to know about it through formal education. It will have more lasting impression.”

Besides, health issue will also be the focus area of NCW. A brainchild of Girija Vyas, NCW chairperson, this is for the first time that the organization will take up this kind of awareness programme to ensure the all-round development of rural women. The scheme will also cover urban women, he said while talking to Hindustan Times.

On disposing of complaints, he said the NCW was facing an uphill task as it had just four counsellors to examine the cases.

“We receive about 10,000 complaints in a year. So each counsellor has to tackle 2500 of them. And with just 20 working days in a month, each counsellor was left with to look into 10 complaints a day. This is affecting the quality of examination of complaints,” Gupta explained.

According to him, of the 10,000 complaints 30 per cent of them did not fall under the purview of NCW. This was because some cases were sub judice while others had some technical problems. Gupta said the NCW had formally requested the Union Government to increase the number of counsellors from the existing four to 10 so that it could function more efficiently.

An elated Gupta said a large number of people have reposed their faith in the NCW as there has been a steady rise in the number of complaints. When asked if it had anything to do with the rise in violence against women in the country, Gupta replied in the negative.