In its order passed on January 14, 2019, the NCW directed Prasar Bharati to give a hearing to all 17 complainants from across the country where such allegations have been made and report back to the NCW on the action taken against the accused in all cases.
Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NCW, in its notice to the Congress chief, said, "Whereas the remarks made are extremely misogynistic, offensive, unethical and shows extreme disrespect towards the dignity and honour of women in general."
With the probe revealing “gross violations” in 25 of the 26 homes that were inspected on a random basis in Karnataka, UP, West Bengal and Odisha — many were functioning as working women’s hostels — the NCW will soon extend the enquiry to all 500 such homes across the country.
Amid the #MeToo storm, the NCW had decided to take up the review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to examine whether its existing provisions require any amendments.
The Indian Express had reported on November 9 that the NCW has been functioning with only chairperson Rekha Sharma after the last of its members Alok Rawat completed his term on October 19. Two of the posts have been vacant since August 2018.
NCW officials admit that the present law is flawed and not equipped to deal with the nature of sexual harassment complaints that have come to the fore recently, in most cases after a considerable time lapse.
The National Commission for Women (NCW), submitting a report on the two sex scandals in churches in Kerala, has recommended the government should abolish confessions in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.”
New Delhi/Mumbai, Jan 11 (ANI): The women activists on Monday condemned the alleged gang-rape of a married woman by an army man and his accomplice in Pataudi, Gurgaon, and demanded speedy justice in such cases. Former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq said gang rapes have become very common these days, adding there is no justice for the rape survivors. Senior advocate and women’s rights activist Abha Singh echoed similar statements and said it seems there is no fear of law as there has been an increase in the number of rape cases.