MEA, MSCW will discuss issues of NRI women, human trafficking

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Maharashtra State Commission for Women is receiving plaints from NRI women

PUNE: Officials of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) will be organising a meet with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on July 27 in New Delhi to discuss issues faced by non-resident Indian women and cases of human trafficking. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday at Mahatma Gandhi Centre near Pune station,  

MSCW Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said the commission is receiving several complaints of NRI women and human trafficking issues and so it wants to take up these issues with the MEA. “These issues cannot be solved alone by MSCW, we need help from MEA. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be present for the meet,” added Rahatkar.

The chairperson said annually over 4,500 complaints are received by MSCW by women in the state. Of these nearly 60 per cent concern domestic 

violence.  Speaking on cases of triple talaq, Rahatkar said nearly 200 to 250 such complaints are received by the commission. Rahatkar organised a workshop for women sarpanches on laws for women’s rights on Wednesday. Speaking about differences of such complaints in urban and rural areas, she said that in city areas complaints are about fights between husband and wife, while in rural areas such complaints are about fight between women and their families. “In city area there are cases of cyber crime against women, sexual harassment and abuse on social media.” added Rahatkar.

Rahatkar said women should educate themselves, learn and become informative which will help them in decision making.

MSCW Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar on Wednesday inaugurated a sanitary pad vending machine at Yerwada central prison for women. “There are eight more jails where we will start this facility for women inmates,” added Rahatkar.

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