Mumbai: NCW seeks explanation on forcing women in Beed to remove uterus

Mumbai: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought an explanation from the Maharashtra government over the alleged exploitation of women, particularly in Beed district. The commission has asked the newly appointed Chief Secretary UPS Madan, to personally look into the matter.

The commission has written a letter to Madan asking him to ascertain if really is there a “norm” in several villages of the district, for women, to remove the uterus after she gives birth to two kids.  This comes after the NCW came across an article in a national daily with the headline ‘Why many women in Maharashtra’s Beed district do no have wombs.’

It is claimed (in the article) that women in villages of Beed district are forced to remove their uterus. The article further claimed that a large number of such women, who are often indulged in construction work, are then sexually abused and exploited by their contractors. Moreover, according to the article, a hefty fine is also imposed on menstruating women.

“The commission is seriously concerned about the pathetic and miserable conditions of such women and the crime and atrocities perpetrated on these women in the district,” reads the letter issued by NCW chief Rekha Sharma.

The commission has accordingly asked Madan to “personally” look into the matter and to ensure strict legal action is taken against the offenders. It has also sought a report spelling out what action has the government initiated against the culprits.

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