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Story Published On June 28, 2020
In April this year, amid concerns for the elderly during the ongoing lockdown, NCW chief Rekha Sharma had asked people to get in touch with the Commission if anyone’s old parents were staying alone and needed help.
She then quoted,
If anyone’s old parents are staying alone anywhere in India and need any help Please let me know. The help will reach them. In Delhi, I personally will take care and in other parts will take help of state Chairpersons.
However, a viral post on Facebook and Twitter regarding a senior citizen mother-in-law being thrashed in Haryana has been overlooked by the National Commission for Women.
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On June 25, Saranjit Bains, Editor-in-Chief, Times of Punjab, took to Facebook and shared how an aged mother-in-law was beaten with leather belts and sticks. Further, he also narrated that the son’s wife had locked her 80-year-old handicapped father-in-law in a room.
Bains stated that the father of the accused woman was a retired cop and seemed to have influenced the matter, where the police has infact filed FIR against old parents. The post read as below:
My friends Mother (Capt. G.S from Bahadurghar (Gateway of Haryana) aged 77 years from #Haryana State, Who Couldn’t even stand and walk properly was beaten up badly by her Daughter in Law with Leather Belts and Sticks. Further her old husband of 80 years who is 85% handicapped was locked in room. Worst is the irony that the haryana police lodged an FIR in favour of the culprit Daughter in Law and framed case against this old lady, her handicapped husband, her Son, and her distant living daughter just bacause her father is a retired Cop and manipulated the #Police department. Is this the value of Senior Citizens in India. Where are #HumanRights. Anil Vij #law#judiciary#justice#legal Narendra Modi #social#media.
Quoting this viral post on Facebook, Men’s Day Out had alerted NCW and Chairperson Rekha Sharma on the same on June 25. The post was also marked to Women and Child Development Minister, Smriti Irani. MDO had quoted,
Dear @NCWIndia, @sharmarekha, This Facebook post needs urgent attention. Hoping for a fair investigation into the matter. The mother-in-law is 77-years-old and surely does not look in good condition. cc:@smritiirani
This Facebook post needs urgent attention. Hoping for a fair investigation into the matter. The mother-in-law is 77-years-old and surely does not look in good condition.
— Men’s Day Out (@MensDayOutIndia) June 25, 2020
After our tweet went viral, educationist and activist Madhu Kishwar too pointed out how some daughter-in-laws had made lives of in-laws hell. She wrote,
Today mothers-in-law & old fathers-in-law need protection from unscrupulous daughters-in-law. Since the law is hideously pro bahus & enables them to torment & even throw out old parents, babus are turning into monsters. @smritiirani ji, please take this case under your charge.
Today mothers-in-law & old fathers-in-law need protection from unscruplous daughters-in-law.
Since the law is hideously pro bahus & enables them to torment & even throw out old parents, babus are turning into monsters.@smritiirani ji, please take this case under your charge. https://t.co/VLJ4rSOwJM
— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) June 26, 2020
It has been three days since NCW has been alerted on twitter, but there has been no acknowledgement or response whether they have taken up the matter or not. In several other cases, where a woman complaints about in-laws with a mere tweet that receives less than 10 retweets, the commission is prompt to revert.
Below is the email screen shot dated 2012, that often goes viral in such cases, wherein, Chairperson – West Bengal Commission of Women had confessed, how as a matter of policy, women’s commission does not entertain complaint of in-laws against daughter-in-laws.
Article Updated As On June 29, 2020
After publishing this story, the same went viral on social media. Here’s what we wrote on June 28, 2020:
— Men’s Day Out (@MensDayOutIndia) June 28, 2020
Within a day, NCW India has taken cognizance and reacted on the same. NCW India has tweeted from their official handle stating,
@NCWIndia has taken cognizance in this matter where an old woman was mercilessly beaten up her daughter-in-law, who also registered a false case against her. Chairperson @sharmarekha wrote to #DGP#Haryana seeking immediate inquiry and action. @editorbains @jyotitiwari05
Adding further they wrote,
#NCW is disturbed at this brutality and is concerned about safety and security of the aged woman. We have also requested the #police to take all the measures possible for rehabilitation and welfare of the victim.
@NCWIndia has taken cognizance in this matter where an old woman was mercilessly beaten up her daughter-in-law, who also registered a false case against her. Chairperson @sharmarekha wrote to #DGP #Haryana seeking immediate inquiry and action.@editorbains @jyotitiwari05 pic.twitter.com/PgR0fyWtk5
— NCW (@NCWIndia) June 29, 2020
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