Women Commission unreachable to interior districts; says annual report
Bhubaneswar: State Commission for Women has failed to reach near women of the interior and tribal districts of Odisha and deliver justice to them.
The Women Commission constituted to prevent torture, violence on women and safeguard their rights is still unreachable for womenfolk of interior Odisha and KBK districts though it has a good impression in coastal districts in the state.
While over 2000 cases are being registered annually with the Commission, less than 50 complaints are coming from KBK districts and only four complaints were registered from Malkangiri district in 2016-17.
The Chairman of Odisha State Commission for Women, Lopamudra Baxipatra, on Tuesday submitted the annual report of the commission for the year 2016-17 to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
According to the report, a total 2924 allegations were filed with the Commission while 2488 complaints have been finalized, including pending cases. However, the cases from KBK districts were too less than coastal districts.
While only four cases were reported from Malkangiri district, Nabarangpur had only 15 cases, Nuapada 23, Koraput 42, Rayagada 41, Gajapati 26, Kalahandi 39, Jharsuguda 20, Bargarh 29, Bolangir 49, Boudh 17 and Debgarh 16.
Similarly, Phulbani district registered 54 cases; Sonepur had 18, Sambalpur 32, Sudargarh 49.
However, coastal and south Odisha had highest cases at the Commission. Bhubaneswar has topped the list registering 330 cases with the women body.
From coastal districts, Khurda had registered 261 cases with the Commission when Cuttack 261, Jagatsingpur 122, Jajpur 169, Bhadrak 152, Balasore 126, Ganjam 195, Keonjhar 152.
Similarly, 66 cases from Angul district, 94 from Dhenkanal, 75 from Kendrapara 73 from Mayurbhanj, 122 from Nayagarh and 252 cases from Puri were reported at the State Commission for Women.