NCW to get powers of NHRC. Can fine accused enter premises seize records etc Can Try Civil suits, summon and enforce attendance of witness !!

NCW to get teeth, can probe, fine accused

Pradeep Thakur,TNN | Nov 30, 2014, 12.31 AM IST
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NCW to get teeth, can probe, fine accused
The law ministry last week cleared the related NCW (amendment) Act, finally agreeing to give it all powers of the NHRC, except a few which remain exclusive to the human rights body.

NEW DELHI: Short of giving the national commission for women (NCW) arrest powers, the government has decided to enable the NCW Act with almost all the provisions of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This gives the commission enough teeth to investigate an accused and enables it to impose penalty on those who refuse to adhere to its summons.

Long considered as a toothless body where it could not even ensure adherence to its summons despite rising crimes against women, the Narendra Modi government has decided to give the NCW powers of a civil court, similar to the NHRC where it can ask the police to take into custody any repeat offender and ask investigative agencies to probe a case and submit a report within a fixed timeframe.

The law ministry last week cleared the related NCW (amendment) Act, finally agreeing to give it all powers of the NHRC, except a few which remain exclusive to the human rights body. The NCW bill, sources said, would also provide for appointment of a chairperson from retired Supreme Court or High Court judges or an eminent jurist.

However, this would in no way impact the incumbent NCW chairperson who is in office for a three-year period. Unlike, the NHRC chairperson who is appointed for a period of five years, the NCW chief is appointed for a period of three years.

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Sources said the law ministry has agreed to the proposed amendments where the NCW may be given powers similar to the NHRC but not powers of arrest as demanded by the commission earlier.

Once civil court powers are accorded to NCW, it will have the authority to ask the police to ensure that its summons are adhered to, and seek action against those who repeatedly ignore its orders. When imposing penalty, it will be mandatory on a district magistrate to recover the penalty amount by issuing a formal order from the judicial magistrate of the area and deposit the same with the state exchequer.

Earlier, the law ministry had differed with the ministry of women and child development on conferring same powers to NCW as NHRC. The law ministry’s objections were on the grounds that giving such powers to the commission was not possible since every member and chairman of the NHRC is a judicial member, unlike the NCW.

With an enabling provision to have a judicial member as its chairperson, the law ministry has now agreed for NHRC powers to be accorded to the NCW.

source : Times of India : TNN | Nov 30, 2014

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1 thought on “NCW to get powers of NHRC. Can fine accused enter premises seize records etc Can Try Civil suits, summon and enforce attendance of witness !!

  1. AV Manoharan

    So I think there is no for NCW. NHRC is enough for both gender. Moreover NCW is an evil organisation for general welfare of society. It ruins family system. STOP IrBM AND MORE EMPOWERMENT OF NCW BECAUSE
    Ø NCW is an
    organiszation to spoil family system. My mother sister family with two female
    kids affected severely because of unscrupulous women of false case filer
    Ø My mother
    sister’s family of five members were tried for suicide because of false case
    filer of unscrupulous women
    Ø Women
    Centric Laws are mostly misused by educated adultery women to extort money and
    property
    Ø First ensure
    rigorous punishment for false case filer DO NOT ENCOURAGE UNSCRUPOLOUS WOMEN OF
    FALSE CASE FILER
    Ø THIS
    ORGANIZATION IS MOSTLY HELP THESE TYPE OF UNSCRUPLOUS WOMEN.,very little to
    really affected downtrodden women. Our direct tax money is wasted to this type
    of worst organization.

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    Reply

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