More ordeal for women: National Commission for Women
Over 40 per cent of married Indian women allege they are kicked, slapped or sexually abused by husbands dissatisfied with cooking, cleaning or jealousy and a variety of other motives, according to the National Commission for Women (NCW).
"Women are being subjected to extreme acts of physical violence, which takes place within the sanctity of their homes," the NCW said, quoting studies on the eve of a workshop here to be addressed by its chairperson Girija Vyas.
The violence is severe, painful, humiliating, recurrent and most often the victim is too overcome by fear, shame and powerlessness to do anything about it with domestic violence transcending race, religion, class and sexual orientation, it said.
After nearly a decade of advocacy and consensus building by various women's groups, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA) was finally brought into force on October 26, 2006.
Its enactment was regarded as a significant step towards realising quality rights of women.
NCW sources here said that after the enactment of law, the Commission thinks information exchange will be an essential exercise.
It should be based on complaints filed as well as action taken by state governments on appointment of protection officers, registration of service providers, the NCW said.
Problems encountered in implementation of the Act can be collated and evaluated, it said.
In a major setback to the opposition Congress, which aims at returning to power in Himachal in the upcoming assembly elections, two of its MLAs Pawan Kajal and Lakhwinder Singh Rana joined the BJP on Wednesday. A two-term legislator who represents Kangra, Pawan Kajal, was also the working president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee. Both the defector MLAs were expelled from Congress for six years for anti-party activities after they joined the BJP.
Two months on, police have been unable to trace persons behind the threat calls to Jalandhar West MLA Sheetal Angural. MLA Angural had allegedly received threat calls from two unknown numbers, bearing a picture of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, for eight to 10 days starting June 16. Though the callers did not ask him for money, they repeatedly told him to resign while stating that if he stayed on as MLA, his family would be killed.
A 24-year-old woman on Tuesday died by suicide after giving poison to her two young children In Udham Singh Nagar district. Police said it is not clear why the woman decided to die by suicide or kill two of her three children. She later met another man and started living with him. A month back, she gave birth to her third child. Police said she allegedly consumed poison when the man had gone to work.
The Congress on Wednesday hailed Bihar's new 31-minister government under the 'grand alliance', and said the leaders of the state emerged on top despite the Bharatiya Janata party's intimidation attempts. On Tuesday, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expanded his cabinet by inducting 31 ministers, days after he and his deputy Rashtriya Janata Dal's Tejashwi Yadav took oath. BJP spokespersons were unavailable to comment on the matter.
Lance Naik Chandrashekhar Harbola, the soldier whose body was found in a bunker 38 years after he went missing on the Siachen Glacier, was cremated with full military honours at Haldwani in Uttarakhand's Nainital district on Wednesday. Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, sainik welfare minister Ganesh Joshi and women empowerment minister Rekha Arya met his wife, Shanti Devi, 63, to convey their condolences and pay homage to the soldier before the last rites.