More women calling NCW for 'right to live with dignity'

NEW DELHI: More Than 20% Of 4,400 Complainers In Different Crime Categories Have Since January Declared To Reclaim Their Right To Live Decently. The Category, Which Has Been Cut Out This Year, Contains Complaints That Relate To Other Than. These Are Matters That Do Not Always Belong To The Category Of A Crime, But Where Women Feel That Their Choices Are Being Restricted.

No Fewer Than 990 Women Have Approached The Assertion Of Harassment By Parents, Husbands And In-laws, Several Of Whom Have Accused Of Trying To Limit Their Freedom To Make Decisions And Infringe On Their Privacy. When TOI Contacted NCW Officials To Understand The Nature Of Complaints, They Pointed Out That Many Young Women Try To Complain To Their Parents And Say That They Do Not Allow Them To Live Their Lives As They Wish And To Live. In Their Decision To Work Outside Of Home. Some Of Them Also Have Problems With Spouses And Parents-in-law Who Do Not Allow Them To Work, An Official Said.

Last Year, Of The 19,000 Complaints Received By The Commission, More Than 6,500 Were Classified In The ' Right To Live With Dignity ' However, This Also Included Matters Relating To The Protection Of Women Against Domestic Violence.

A Reclassification Has Been Carried Out This Year. The NCW Has 23 Categories, Among Which Complaints Are Registered. There Are Cases In Which Women Have Complained Against Neighbors Who Have Abused Them Or Made Sexist Comments During A Family Fight, But The Nature Of Harassment Is Not Covered. There Are Cases Where Disputes And Fights About Property End In A Form Of Intimidation Of Women.

The NCW Officials Cite A Recent Case To Explain What Kind Of Complaints They Get. A Woman In Her Twenties Called The NCW Complaints Cell, Claiming To Be Locked In Her House. This Case Was Classified In This Category. When The NCW Team Reached The House, They Discovered That The Girl Claimed She Was Locked Up When Her Parents Tried To Force Her To Marry A Person Of Their Choice. The Woman And Her Family Got Advice.

In A Separate Category Of Complaints, 136 Matters Concerning The Right Of Women To Exercise Their Choice In Marriage Were Limited And Registered.