Delhi govt seeks opinion on special bill for women’s right

The proposed draft law seeks to provide an administrative system to implement women's rights and redress legal grievances

New Delhi: The Delhi government has invited comments for a draft legislation that seeks to empower the Delhi Commission for Women to formulate policies and provide legal aid.

The draft, which incorporates suggestions made by the Verma Commission that was established after a physiotherapy student was gangraped in a bus, is available on the website of Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC), an advisory body of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi.

The proposed draft law seeks to provide an administrative system to implement women’s rights and redress legal grievances.

“We are eagerly looking forward to the public comments, including suggestions and recommendations by the civil society, lawyers and members of the judiciary. It will undoubtedly ease the struggle for equality by recognizing the various rights available to women in one over-arching, singular statute with emphasis on effective implementation of the provisions of the act," said Ashish Khetan, vice-chairman, DDC.

The bill empowers the women’s commission to provide legal aid and information to any woman to pursue her rights under the act. Any scheme or rule made by the commission shall be placed before the assembly within 90 days of its formulation.

This draft law comes in the light of the murder of a 19-year-old girl in central Delhi. The government convened a special assembly session to set up a commission of inquiry to deal with cases related to women’s security.

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