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New Delhi: The government has started working towards new policies to support acid attack victims, where the whole of the attacker’s family has to compensate for the attack, union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of a television show ‘Abke Baras Mohe Bitiya Hi Dijo’, an initiative supported by the ministry, Gandhi said her ministry has taken acid attacks on women seriously.

“We are making a new policy for acid attack victims. The policy shall have the whole family of an attacker paying compensation for the attack, not just the one who threw acid,” the minister said.

In an interaction with Sonali Mukherjee, 30, who has a permanently disfigured face after an acid attack in 2003, Gandhi said a ban on acid has not been possible as acid is used for many purposes in daily life.

Through ‘One Stop Centres’ set up by the ministry, women affected by violence can receive medical, legal and police help, she added.

Gandhi also added that through this show, which will daily telecast inspiring stories of women from across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ will be taken a step ahead.

The programme will be aired on Focus TV starting August 15 this year.

Women who have survived through all odds to stand as the first female police officer of the country, the first physically challenged woman to climb the Mount Everest among others, will be featured in the show.

(IANS)

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70 Years of Independence But No Right to Live With Dignity for Women: National Commission for Women Data

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Right to live with dignity
Indian students shout slogans as they hold placards demanding stringent punishment for rapists during a protest in New Delhi, India, April, 23, 2013. VOA
Oct 3, 2017: India completes 70 years of Independence, yet women of the country fight for their ‘right to live with dignity’. Our women are still not free from the clutches of societal customs. According to the media reports (2016-17), the National Commission for Women (NCW) received maximum complaints under this category, ahead of rape or molestation.
The NCW is a statutory body appointed to safeguard women’s rights. The highest number of complaints registered by NCW were 4,373 under the ‘right to live with dignity,’ followed by dowry harassment (1,752), disrespecting the modesty of a woman (946) and violence against women (943), reported IndiaTimes.
“The NCW is founded upon the recognition that in a patriarchal society, women face a far greater degree of vulnerability and, hence, any effort to reform any law cannot go against this well-evidenced fact and reality and now argue that men are equally if not more vulnerable than women,” All India Progressive Women’s Association secretary Kavita Krishnan said, reported PTI.
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Many a times police personals ask women inappropriate and insensitive questions during investigations. It is startling to see that NCW department has registered 3,963 complaints of police apathy, which also top the cases of molestation or dowry.
Often women are compelled to marry against their choice. Indian women grapple with the right to choice in marriage and forceful arranged marriages that dominate consensual marriages in the Indian society. NCW received 337 complaints about women wanting the right to choose their own spouses.

In the famous conflict between Maneka Gandhi and Union of India, she challenged her impounded passport in the apex court. Maneka was issued a passport on 1976, and within a week, the same was impounded because of the public interest. A writ petition was filed with the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of India gave a new light to Article 21 (III) by demonstrating that the right to live is not merely a physical right but encompasses the right to live with dignity as well.
As per the Article 21 of Indian Constitution:
No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to a procedure established by law.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

 

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