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Maha to fill State Commission for Women posts by month end

Bombay High Court

Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that it would fill up the vacancies in the State Commission for Women by the end of this month.
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Mumbai: Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that it would fill up the vacancies in the State Commission for Women by the end of this month.

The government had last week faced the High Court’s ire for failing to fill the posts lying vacant since 2009.

Government pleader S S Shinde today informed the court that the process towards filling the vacancies will be completed by December end.

A division bench of Justices S J Vazifdar and G S Patel was hearing PILs filed by activists Vihar Durve and Meera Kamat stating that all the seven posts in the Commission, including that of the chairperson’s, have been lying vacant since 2009.

According to the petitioners, the Commission was formed in 2006 to protect the fundamental rights of women and take remedial measures against practices derogatory to women, among others.

“Posts of chairperson and six members were filled in 2006 for a tenure of three years. However, even after the end of the period in 2009, no fresh appointments have been made by the state government,” the petitioners claimed.

According to the petitioners, till May this year, around 49,000 cases pertaining to atrocities on women were pending in several courts in the state.

The bench today sought to know from the state government what steps it had taken for setting up fast track courts to hear cases related to offences against women.

The matter has been posted for hearing on January 17.

PTI

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