Biren exhorts MSCW, assures staff appointment

IMPHAL, 15th Sep: Exhorting Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) established in 2006 as a statutory body to bolster its functioning and continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring rights of women affected by crime and violence, chief minister N Biren has assured appointment of one-two members required by the commission so that it could function more effectively and continue to act as saviour of women of the state where crime against women and children is on the rise.
Giving the assurance during the 13th foundation day celebration of MSCW held at Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal here on Sunday, Biren, who attended the event as special guest, stated that the Commission for the last 13 years has been working for ensuring rights of women who have been hit by crime and violence but there is a need for the commission to strengthen its administration and equip with required manpower which the government is taking note of.
He maintained that the BJP-led government has been coming up with various measures for the welfare of women in the state and to empower women, the government has constructed women markets in the hill districts to ensure their livelihood.
He stated that the government has also provided key posts to women in different departments including Manipur police and set up a special Fast Track Court to deal with crimes against women and accelerate delivery of justice, sensing the vital role being played by women in the society. Special benefits are being given to women in educational institutes and women police stations have also been established in different districts of the state, he added.
Admitting that women of the state have been able to surpass men when it comes to sports and education but unfortunately the former has been encountering the brunt of rampant crime and atrocities, the chief minister voiced concern over the rising number of widows in the state due to drug menace.
He appealed to the general public to extend support to the government’s initiative taken up solely to crack down on drug-manufacturing units in the state. There is a big role to play by mothers in the concerted fight against drug menace in the state, he added.
Attending the gathering as chief guest, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla stated that the historic Ima Keithel, the largest and one-of-a-kind all women’s market in Asia, symbolises freedom and economic independence of Manipuri women since early period but the image of women of the state has been tarnished before the face of the world on account of growing atrocities including molesting, gang-rape and sexual assault.
She observed that Manipur has become an easy route for drug trafficking as the state shares international border with neighbouring country Myanmar and this attributed to the soaring rate of drug abuse.
She stated that women drug peddlers of the state are being victimised in the society and HIV/AIDS infected mothers, sisters, widows and orphans are soft targets of social stigma and discrimination and various forms of related human rights violations.
The Governor urged the commission to explore ways to eliminate all man-made social aberrations and means to prevent all crimes against women with the help of law enforcing agencies of the state.
The commission may also take up the issue of non-implementation of laws enacted to provide protection and carry on to achieve the objectives of equality and development of women, she added. MSCW chairperson professor Dr Binota Meinam and National Commission for Women member Soso Shaiza were also present at the event as president and guest of honour respectively.

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