Mumbai : The Maharashtra State Women’s Commission is planning to set up its regional center at district level across the state. Newly-appointed chairman of the state women’s commission Susiieben Shah however said that it has not been finalised and the committee will discuss about it in the meeting and then only it would be recommended to the government.

“We are working to ensure the rights of women available to them. A blueprint has been made which will be discussed in the committee meeting. We will educate women about their rights and remedies. We are also planning to put the necessary information on public places and on public transport systems like buses, trains etc. Things are under process and under consideration,” said Shah.
Shah said also said that the commission is considering launching a website, which would contain all information about the rights and remedies available to women. “However, this would not fulfill the need of women who are illiterate, who can’t avail internet as a huge number of such women belong to the rural area of the state. Our major concern is those women who are not educated and not aware of their rights. We need a regional center at district level to address the grievance of those women who live far away from the city,” Shah added.
The women’s commission of Maharashtra was headless since more than three years. A petition was filed in the Bombay High Court by Vihar Durve and Meera Kamat stating that all the seven posts including the chairman’s in the state commission for women were lying vacant since 2009. The high court had pulled up the state for it and directed it to fill the vacant posts of chairman and members.On January 2 this year, Susiieben Shah took charge of the commission as a chairman. She is an advocate and also worked as a committee member of the Maharashtra State Women Commission for three years.

Sadhna Kumar

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