After the NHRC’s order, Rajasthan women’s commission started an initiative against sexual assaults.
The Mahila Aayog Aapke Dwar program, an initiative by the Rajasthan women’s commission for women on November 14th, would send representatives to one division once a month to identify issues that women in remote districts are facing. The project will begin in the Udaipur division, where the team will hold press conferences each day following a site visit. Over the next five days that is from November 15th, the Rajasthan women’s panel will travel to the districts of Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Banswara, Dungarpur, Udaipur, and Rajsamand.
Rehana Rayaz Chisti, the state women’s commission’s head, stated that despite the numerous challenges faced by women in remote districts, they are unable to discuss these issues with the commission. As a result, we’ve decided to go to one division per month and cover every district, where the Rajasthan women’s panel will go all the way down to the village level and listen to the ladies. If somebody requires assistance, it will be given to them immediately because we will have legal and police personnel on hand.
The chairperson of the women’s commission added that after visiting the villages, the team would meet with the district administrations to solicit their feedback and begin efforts to change the situation on the ground. Additionally, it is anticipated that the commission will assign officers for each division who will monitor the situation after receiving complaints and compile reports as necessary.
The head of the women’s commission added that after visiting the villages, the delegation would meet with the district administrations to solicit their feedback and begin efforts to address the situation on the ground. Additionally, it is anticipated that the Rajasthan women’s panel will assign officers for each division who will monitor the situation after receiving complaints and compile reports as necessary.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notice to the state government last month taking notice of new reports on girls allegedly being sold to resolve conflict situations in the Bhilwara district. This prompted the women’s commission to decide to conduct district visits. According to the NHRC statement, girls between the ages of 8 and 18 are reportedly auctioned off to recoup funds whenever there is a dispute between two parties, particularly one involving financial transactions and loans.
On November 27, 2022, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India, took suo moto notice of a media story alleging that in six districts of Rajasthan, girls are sold like stamp paper, and if they aren’t, their mothers are raped to settle disputes, under the orders of cast panchayats. According to reports, girls between the ages of 8 and 18 are auctioned off to recoup funds anytime there is a disagreement between the two parties, particularly one involving financial transactions, loans, etc.
These young women in remote districts are being sold into slavery and subjected to physical abuse, torture, and sexual assault. The NHRC has noted that the allegations made in the media, if true, amount to violations of the victims’ human rights as a result of this heinous act. As a result, it has sent a notice to the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan requesting a thorough report on the situation as well as an action taken report regarding the steps already taken and, if not, those that are proposed to be taken to stop such horrific incidents.
In the meanwhile, the women’s commission has also requested that Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, its special reporter, visit and assess the impacted districts. In line with Syria and Iraq, where girls are sold into slavery, Caste Panchayats in Rajasthan are allegedly committing. According to reports, whenever there is a dispute between two parties in Bhilwada, they go to the Caste Panchayats for resolution rather than calling the police. If the girls are not subjected to sexual assaults and sold, their mothers are told to be raped.