File Photo: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with AAP leaders (PTI Photo)
The Delhi Dialogue Commission, an advisory body to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's AAP Government, today released for public consultation the draft Charter of Women's Rights Bill, 2015, which seeks to ensure enforcement of fundamental rights of women and their safety.
The proposed bill aims at strengthening Delhi Commission for Women or DCW by giving more administrative and judicial powers, and incorporates the recommendation made by Justice JS Verma Committee in the wake of the Nirbhaya rape case. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed Delhi Assembly of the proposed bill during the special session held on Monday.
The Dialogue Commission today uploaded a copy of the draft bill on their website for public consultation. It will take comments and suggestion online for the next four weeks.
"People can also visit the office of DDC to give suggestions and DDC will also organise round table at the commission where each and every section of the proposed bill will be discussed," DDC vice chairman Ashish Khetan said.
To enforce this bill, DDC has also proposed to give more teeth to DCW by giving additional administrative and judicial power. It also proposed that DCW will work as a single window to work and enforce women related matter.
The bill proposes to expand the remit of the Delhi Commission for Women to take penal action to secure women's access to the rights, and to award compensation in active violation of rights and gross negligence on the part of the State so that equality and justice becomes a reality for the majority of Delhi's citizens.