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NCW accused of presenting mild report on Gujarat
Krishna Bose a Trinamul Congress MP accusing the NCW said that small children are being asked in the state to go to police stations to lodge reports and narrate what kind of crime was committed on their mothers and sisters in front of them.
New Delhi: National Commission for Women that recently submitted its report on Gujarat is being criticized by the human rights organizations and parliamentarians for giving a clean chit to Narender Modi government. The commission a statutory body released its report to the media on 30 April.
Raising the issue in the Parliament Trinamul Congress members accused that the report was mild and had failed to pen the incidents of molestation, rape and killings of women during the two-month long pogrom in Gujarat. Krishna Bose a Trinamul Congress MP accusing the NCW said that small children are being asked in the state to go to police stations to lodge reports and narrate what kind of crime was committed on their mothers and sisters in front of them.
The National Commission for Women was the last one to visit the riot riddled Gujarat. Numerous women organizations had already visited the state and prepared the report and had accused the government for aiding and abetting the riots when the NCW decided to visit Gujarat. The NCW is also perhaps the only women's organization that has not blamed the Narendra Modi government for the violence. Its report neither names the government nor uses the word Muslims.
'For us all women are the same. Even one case of atrocity is bad enough' Poornima Advani chairperson of the commission explained to the press while releasing the report. It also absolves the police of the charge that it acted in a partisan manner during the riots.
Instead of condemning the government for its hand in the riots the commission heaps blame on the media. 'The visual and the print media should present news in such a manner that there is no sensationalisation but a positive sense of working towards the twin goals of peace and national harmony' the report said.
The NCW does away assessment of violence within just three paras. The rest of the text consists of sermons on the functioning and constitution of the NCW and duties of the government as well as its meetings with NGOs and government officials in Gujarat. The only times it refers to the complicity of the government is when it says, 'The committee that visited Gujarat received complaints of abdication of responsibility by the police'.
At the press conference too the NCW chairperson instead of condemning the rioters and the government stressed again and again on the need to give the victims a sense of security. The NCW chief admitted that there were cases of atrocities against women but refused to pinpoint the government for its role in the dance macabre.