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NCW panel to interact with women’s inmates
Correspondent SHILLONG, SEPT 20:
Published on 21 Sep. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Following reports of overcrowding of jail inmates, a team from the National Commission for Women (NCW) will visit various jails in the region. Initially, the Women’s panel led by Wansuk Syiem will interact with the women inmates of Shillong and Jowai district jails in Meghalaya and Sikkim jail. The Women and Child Development ministry (WCD) too took cognizance of reports of irregularities in various jails asked the NCW to assess the situation of women inmates. “The Centre is aware that overcrowding of Undertrial Prisoners is still the predominant cause of all ailments and therefore, the government has directed us to assess the situation of women inmates,” Syiem said. She said that the Commission will seek first hand information from the women inmates and jail officials. Earlier, the Meghalaya government has initiated slew of measures to decongest the Shillong district jail, the oldest jail in the region following the sensational jailbreak. NCW to probe into army man molesting minor Taking cognizance on the recent alleged molestation of a minor by an army jawan, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to constitute an independent panel to probe into the case. A Territorial Army jawan identified as Golap Bora allegedly molested a 6 years old girl in Bishnupur area here. The residents of Bishupur immediately retaliated by beating up the jawan. However, some TA jawans came to the rescue of Bora and created havoc by unleashing terror in Bishupur area. “An inquiry committee will be constituted once the Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) submitted a complaint to the NCW against the jawan,” NCW member Wansuk Syiem said. The MSCW had written letter to General-Officer-Commanding 101 Area Major General KS Sethi demanding punitive action against Bora. Major General Sethi assured strict action against the erring jawan if found guilty. A court of inquiry has been set up to probe into the matter, he said. Early this week, thousands of people under the banner of Surveillance of Committee against Military Terrorisation (SCAMT) today demanded removal of 119th Battalion of the Territorial Army camp from Lawsohtun area here following its jawan was charged with molesting a minor girl.

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