Hyderabad: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked the Telangana government to appoint the state women’s commission’s chairperson immediately. NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma spoke to the Telangana chief secretary Somesh Kumar on 26 February 26 and discussed the appointment of the state women’s commission chief.

The post has been vacant since Tripurana Venkataratnam resigned in July 2018. Over 46 complaints were filed with the state women’s commission in 2018 but due to the absence of a chairperson, the complaints remained unaddressed.

Ms Sharma, while speaking to the media, said, “Telangana recently saw one of the most horrific crimes against women in recent times. It is shocking and unacceptable that the state women’s commission has remained virtually non-functional for nearly two years.”

The NCW has also written to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao regarding the issue and has asked Mr Somesh Kumar to take up the matter with the Chief Minister. The commission has also asked the government to take steps to ensure that women in the state get support and their voices are heard.

Earlier, the NCW had written to the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments to appoint chairpersons for their respective state women’s commissions. 

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