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She is dedicated to fight for women's rights

Determined to empower the women of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Ranjana Bajpai, joined the State Women's Commission as its chairperson in the year 2004. Since then she has been working with lot of dedication to fight for the rights of women and to stop crime against them. In conversation with Shivani Chaturvedi Dr Bajpai discusses various aims and objectives of the Commission.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:48 IST

Determined to empower the women of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Ranjana Bajpai, joined the State Women's Commission as its chairperson in the year 2004. Since then she has been working with lot of dedication to fight for the rights of women and to stop crime against them. In conversation with Shivani Chaturvedi Dr Bajpai discusses various aims and objectives of the Commission.

What are the objectives of State Women's Commission?
The main objective of the Commission is to stop crime against women which includes dowry death, domestic violence and female foeticide. The other objective is to punish those people who are responsible for such crimes. The commission also aims at generating awareness among women about various rights including legal, social and economic and ensures that they get their rights. In order to generate awareness it is essential that women are educated so in this regard we ensure that the government schemes for female education are implemented properly. We are also trying our best to make each and every woman economically independent.

Which type of cases are mostly referred to the Commission?
Most of the cases which are referred to the Commission are related to domestic violence, dowry, rape or sexual harassment, child marriage and many others.

How many cases have been filed in the last two years and how many of them disposed off?
About 11,000 cases have been filed with the Commission in the last two years. Out of these, 8000 cases have been disposed off and rest of them are under process.

What measures are being taken by the Commission for empowerment of women?
The Commission is making efforts to generate awareness among women about their rights by holding seminars in several towns and villages of the State.

Besides, literature and pamphlets are also distributed to women. In order to reach to the maximum number of women, the Commission holds 'Jan Sunvai', where we try to reach the women at their place and solve the problems then and there.

It is for the first time in India that the Commission has launched its website www.upma.info through which complaints can be registered on-line and the action taken in this regard can also be seen on-line.

The Commission has appointed 'Shakti Vahini' consisting of five women in each district who inform the Commission about the incidents related to women taking place in their respective districts. Besides, we publish six monthly magazine 'Muskan', where information related to the Commission and various articles related to the problems of women are published.

In addition to this, the Commission confers award on the women of the state who are outstanding in respective field which includes literary, health, art and education.

We have also started helpline in few districts and NGOs have been given the charge to carry out the work of the helpline.

Recently, the Commission also involved District Probation Officers (DPO) of several districts in its mission, where they have been assigned the work of registering the complaints related to crime against women taking place in their district and take necessary measures in this regard.

Now, the commission is planning to make documentary films on women for their awareness in various fields and project them specially in rural areas.

What are the future plans of the Commission ?
The Commission is planning to hold national level conference in Lucknow in the month of April, where various issues will be discussed including how to make Commission more effective besides formulation of various policies related to women empowerment.