The National Commission for Women (NCW) chief on Tuesday pulled up Maharashtra authorities over the incidents of rape and sexual harassment on the Covid-19 centres within the state.
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, who’s on a three-day go to to Mumbai, wished the state to implement the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to make sure the security of ladies at Covid-19 centres.
“There was mismanagement at these centres due to which such sexual offences took place. These centres did not have female attendants to take care of the women patients. The authorities did not even bother to check the antecedents of the male attendants who were employed to take care of the women patients. This is gross negligence,” stated Sharma. “I have asked them to install CCTV cameras and ensure female staff for women,” she added.
Sharma met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari at Raj Bhavan and likewise met chief secretary Sanjay Kumar and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. She requested Kumar and Singh to take punitive motion in opposition to the responsible.
Sharma, nevertheless, didn’t personally go to any Covid-19 centre as she stated she had simply recovered from the virus.
In addition, Sharma additionally pointed to the rising variety of instances the place ladies had been forcibly transformed in Maharashtra. She cited the case of a girl in Aurangabad who she stated was kidnapped and forcibly transformed. However, she was unable to supply figures for the rise in such incidences to substantiate her declare. “I have asked the authorities to collect figures,” stated Sharma.
Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, who needed to face the ire of Sharma final month, described it as selective concentrating on. “We condemn the sexual harassments at the Covid-19 centres but at the same time, we feel that the NCW targets the non-BJP parties. They turn a blind eye to the atrocities on women in BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh. The Hathras rape is the biggest example of this,” stated Sarnaik.
Last month, Sharma had condemned the menace by Sarnaik to actor Kangana Ranaut and requested the Maharashtra DGP to arrest him.
However, Sharma denied any bias saying even BJP leaders who made sexual feedback needed to face the ire of the NCW.
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