Don't cover up cases under the pretext of counselling: Women's Commission chief

May 28, 2014, 08:05 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

State Women's Commission chief Susieben Shah slams police dept, says it hushes up cases lodged by women

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has warned the state police against covering up cases filed by women under the pretext of counselling.

MSCW chairperson Susieben Shah visited the city for the first time yesterday after her appointment in January this year.

Taking charge: Susieben Shah, chairperson, State Commission for Women, at the hearing in the city yesterday. Pic/Mohan Patil

She was in the city to take stock of the grievances of women in Pune district, under the campaign ‘MSCW at your doorstep’, which was recently initiated by the commission.

Interacting with reporters, Shah said, “In most of the cases, under the garb of counselling, police officials hush up cases lodged by women against injustice. This happens particularly when women file cases of domestic violence.

Policemen try to cover up the matter by advising them to not to go against their husband,” Shah added that conducting counselling sessions was the duty of MSCW and not the police, who should perform their duties under the law.

Shah also spoke about the ‘MSCW at your doorstep’, campaign wherein a delegation, led by Shah, will be visiting various districts in the state to lend an ear to the complaints of women. One such hearing session was held in Pune district yesterday in which 25 women shared stories of injustice.

“Out of the 25, four cases were related to property issues where women’s names were deliberately removed from the 7/12 extract by their family members, while the other cases were of domestic violence. We will try to solve these issues at our level and complaints will be lodged with the police, if needed,” said Shah. The commission visit Pune again on June 10 for the hearing.

Nashik, Amravati, Aurangabad, and Dhule are the next destinations in the delegation’s itinerary.

Training women

The commission also wants to provide training to women who are interested in working for women’s causes. “Many women are willing to work for women, so we are planning to conduct training for people who can help women in trouble,” said Shah. She said that, currently, there are 331 counselling centres for women across the state.

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