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MSWC slammed for not protecting women
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 28 (NPN):
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Published on 1 Mar. 2011 12:19 AM IST
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The Meghalaya People’s Human Rights Council (MPHRC) Monday slammed the Meghalaya State Women Commission for asking the victim to withdraw the case filed against two officials of the General Post Office (GPO) for outraging her modesty.
Shorna Choudhury, who was allegedly manhandled by Inspector of GPO, Shillong, Bijit Dutta and a Senior Superintendent of Post Office (SSP), had claimed that the MSWC had verbally advised her to withdraw the case as it could pose problems for her in future.
“The basic objectives of setting up the Women Commission at the state level is to facilitate redressal of various grievances faced by women but the approach and the action taken by the MSCW in the instant case has diluted spirit and purpose of the right to the truth about gross human rights violations,” MPHRC Information and Public Relation Secretary Pynskhem Syiemlieh said.
He also alleged that there have been many grievances filed within the MSCW by many individual women who have become the victims of different violence and in many such cases the Commission has failed totally to uphold the rule of law which is serious breaches of humanitarian law and a violation of the principle of natural justice.
The MSWC has failed to perform its duties to take all actions necessary to ensure that the institution acts to protect the people, rather than to protect the authorities, Syiemlieh said.
On Friday the MSWC had asked Choudhury to withdraw the case against the GPO officials as it can create problems for her career and her future.
The two GPO officials were arrested but were immediately released as it was a bailable case. They later filed a counter FIR against Choudhury. Choudhury said she would not withdraw the case and would carry on with her fight for justice.

 
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