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Womb removal in Beed: NCW issues notice to Maharashtra

New Delhi | Updated on April 11, 2019 Published on April 10, 2019

Lakhs of men and women from the Marathwada region migrate to work as cane cutters between October and March   -  RAJENDRA JADHAV

Asks Chief Secretary to initiate legal action to end the menace

The National Commission for Women (NCW) says it has issued a notice to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary over a report by BusinessLine about women getting their wombs removed to avoid absenteeism at work and fines due to menstruation.

 

The Commission said it is seriously concerned about the miserable conditions of such women and the crimes and atrocities being perpetrated on them. BusinessLine’s report from Maharashtra’s Beed district revealed that many women there have hysterectomies as it is the “norm” in villages to remove the uterus after having two to three children as menstrual periods hinder work and attract fines.

The NCW requested Maharashtra Chief Secretary UPS Madan to intervene in the matter and initiate legal action to arrest the menace and ensure that no such atrocities occur in future.

“The NCW may be apprised of any action taken in the matter for rehabilitation and mainstreaming of victims of the reported atrocities,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said.

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Published on April 10, 2019
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