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Coimbatore

Women’s panel against triple talaaq, ready to inform SC if asked

Covai Post Network

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is ready to submit its opinion of abolition of triple talaaq if the Supreme Court asks for it, according to a commission member.

“NCW is against triple talaaq. It should go and it should be abolished,” member Rekha Sharma told mediapersons here today.

It was not a religious matter. Many women had suffered and continued to do so owing to this and that was why NCW wanted it to be abolished, she said.

Moreover, the NCW Chairperson had sought inclusion of a woman in the five-member panel debating the issue in the apex Court. But unfortunately, no woman was appointed, she added.

Rekha, here for a two-day public hearing on women-related cases, said there was lack of co-ordination from the part of the police, leading to delay in proper action in many cases as FIRs were not filed.

The police department often failed to respond to letters in the stipulated one week or 10 days, which was cause for delay. This was crucial for the commission to take appropriate action in these cases, she said.

Nearly 33,000 cases were remaining unresolved before the commission, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and West Bengal. The response from the South was far better and Tamil Nadu’s performance was better with a completion rate of 90 per cent, Rekha said.

She pointed to a case taken up by the commission in the city, where a man had been continuously harassing and beating his wife for the last few years. The woman’s father suffered the agony and died. The police had so far not registered an FIR and was likely to do so by evening as a result of NCW pressure, she said.

Similarly, the commission had also asked the police department here to conduct an inquiry against one of its officers, who was not co-operative with the commission in some cases, she added.

During the public hearing, the commission resolved 100 cases in Chennai and 35 out of 40 in Coimbatore district, Rekha said.

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