//`Expedite adoption of Bills for women's protection'

`Expedite adoption of Bills for women's protection'

Four Bills are pending for the past seven years: Nafees Fazal

BANGALORE: Congress MLC and former Minister Nafees Fazal has urged the Government to expedite the adoption of four pending Bills related to protection of women in view of the increase in the number of cases of attacks on them.

In a statement to the press, Ms. Fazal said that in 1999, the draft Bills were prepared by a joint select committee of the legislature. They were the Karnataka Prevention of Domestic Violence and Atrocities Bill; Karnataka Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Public Offices, at Work Places etc., Bill; Karnataka Prohibition of Eve Teasing in Public Places Bill; and Criminal Law Amendment Bill to ensure speedy disposal of cases and investigation of dowry deaths and other unnatural Deaths.

The draft Bills were pending with the Law Department for the past seven years. Ms. Fazal urged Law Minister Basavaraj Horatti to take immediate action on the draft Bills. She was unhappy that the Bills were not placed in the two Houses of the legislature for their consideration in the recent session.

The MLC referred to the inconvenient location of the night shelter for women in distress opened by the Vanitha Sahayavani of the Bangalore police. The shelter, which was on Magadi Road, was 20 km from the city, and it was difficult for women to reach it. Ms. Fazal, who is a life member of "Parihara" which runs the Vanitha Sahayavani Cell, noted that when women in distress come to it at night, it was difficult to send them to the shelter because of the distance from the city. She urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to allot land within the city belonging to the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. A sum of Rs. 3 lakhs allocated to the Sahayavani in the Social Welfare Department’s budget for 2004-05 and 2005-06 was yet to be released.

The former Medical Education Minister noted that atrocities on women for dowry, cases of assault, acid attacks, sexual harassment and other crimes were increasing, and it was the fundamental duty of every citizen to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women, under Article 51 A (e) of the Constitution.

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006