Mahila Ayog and Women Commission Complaints


Mahila Ayog and Women Commission Complaints

Mahila Ayog/ National Commission for Women:

It is often said that the status of women is the mirror of the society. India from time to time saw down-gradation in the status of women and to improve the situation National Commission for Women and State Commission for Women under it were established.
In January 1992, the National Commission for Women (NCW), was set up as a statutory body under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 ( Act No. 20 of 1990 of Govt. of India ) with the following objectives:

  1. to review the constitutional and legal safeguards for women;
  2. recommend remedial legislative measures;
  3. facilitate redressal of grievances and
  4. advise the Government on all policy matters affecting women.

Complaint and Counselling Cell:

The Complaints and Counselling Cell of the commission processes all the complaints whether received orally, written or suo moto under Section 10 of the NCW Act. Online Registration of Complaint can be done via website of the National Commission for Women (http;// complaints received relate to domestic violence, harassment, dowry, torture, desertion, bigamy, rape, refusal to register FIR, cruelty by husband, deprivation, gender discrimination and sexual harassment at work place.

The complaints are dealt with as below:-

  1. Investigations by the police are expedited and monitored.
  2. The matters are brought to the notice of various state authorities to facilitate action.
  3. Family disputes are resolved or compromised through counselling.
  4. As per the  Sexual Harassment at Work Place (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 the rules made by Central Government in December, 2013 on the subject and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 every employer is required to provide for effective complaints procedures and remedies including award of compensation to women victims. In sexual harassment complaints, the concerned organisation is urged to expedite cases and the disposal is monitored.
  5. For serious crimes, the Commission constitutes an Inquiry Committee which makes spot enquiries, examines witnesses, collects evidence and submits the report with recommendations. The implementation of the report is monitored by the NCW. The Commission has powers to summon the accused, witnesses and records to facilitate inquiry.

How can the National Commission for Women/ Mahila Ayog protect you during divorce proceedings?

Whenever an aggrieved Woman approaches the Mahila Ayog/ National Commission for Women, the complaint is filed against the Respondent by the National Commission for Women (NCW). NCW ensures that the whole process is carried out fairly and the aggrieved person is not forced to withdraw the complaint.

Similarly during Divorce if a women is threatened or misbehaved with, she can approach the Mahila Ayog/ National Commission for Women for help through its 24/7 helpline number – 1091. NCW will ensure the protection of the aggrieved women if necessary depending on the case.

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