Delhi readies draft bill on charter of women’s rights

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) A draft bill on Charter of Women’s Rights 2015 has been prepared, which would also give additional powers to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Delhi Dialogue Commission vice chairman Ashish Khetan said on Wednesday.

“We will hold public consultations for four weeks and also organise roundtable conferences to deliberate over the draft,” Khetan said at a press conference here.

The bill advocates women’s rights concerning their safety, security and even dowry and female infanticide.

Khetan said it would also include recommendations of the Justice Verma committee, which recommended amendments to the criminal law for quicker trial and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases.

“This bill would also give powers to the DCW to order enforcement of rights of women and initiate action if orders are not complied with,” he said.

The move comes in the wake of the brutal murder of a 19-year-old girl, Meenakshi, in broad daylight in Anand Parbat area of the city.

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