Telangana govt launches portal for Women’s Commission but no chief for body yet
Tripurana Venkataratnam, who was serving as the chairperson of State Women’s Commission, demitted office in July 2018 and since then, the government had not found a replacement.
In the petition, Spurthi also pointed out that besides a defunct commission, the government did not even have a working website with annual reports, legal documents and other data.
Nearly 30,000 persons endorsed the petition, which had two demands — appoint a chairperson and make the commission fully functional, and design a website to register complaints online.
Elated with the government’s response, Spurthi on Tuesday said, “Well, it took us 2 years 4 months 19 days of advocacy coupled with RTIs, meeting key stakeholders/ decision makers, pending hearing in High Court, tweetathons, advocacy by key stakeholders/ senior feminists/ pioneer NGOs of the sector, etc. And, the result makes all the efforts worth it! (sic).”
She added, “This is a step towards long-term sustainable change. Women can now file complaints from anywhere across the state, the IMIS (Institute for the Management of Information Systems) also shows district-wise filed complaints and status. This data is available in the public domain. We don't have to keep looking around in vain for data any more!”
In February this year, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had directed Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to immediately appoint a chairperson. “It is shocking that the state of Telangana, which recently saw one of the most horrific crimes against women in recent times, does not have a chairperson for the state commission. It is unacceptable that a state women's commission has remained virtually nonfunctional for nearly two years,” National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma had said.
今年2月，全国妇女委员会(NCW)指示Telangana首席秘书Somesh Kumar立即任命一名主席。“令人震惊的是，最近发生了近年来最可怕的针对妇女的罪行之一的泰兰加纳州，却没有州委员会主席。”国家妇女委员会(NCW)主席雷卡·夏尔马(Rekha Sharma)曾表示，一个州妇女委员会几乎两年来一直处于停滞状态，这是不可接受的。
The NCW Chairperson was referring to the Disha case, where a veterinarian was brutally raped and murdered in Hyderabad last year. The case had triggered protests across India, with many highlighting the lack of safety for women in the state and in the country. The Telangana High Court has also repeatedly pulled up authorities for failing to fill up the post. Despite this, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is yet to appoint a chairperson.
NCW主席指的是Disha案，去年在海得拉巴，一名兽医被残忍强奸和谋杀。这起案件在印度各地引发了抗议活动，许多人强调了该邦和印度女性缺乏安全的问题。Telangana高等法院也多次召回未能填补这一职位的当局。尽管如此，由首席部长K Chandrasekhar Rao领导的执政的Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS)政府尚未任命主席。