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New Delhi: A Delhi court has expressed its displeasure with National Commission for Women (NCW) over its failure to respond to its notice for rehabilitation of a woman whose husband was murdered allegedly by her father and others in a case of suspected honour killing.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal termed the non-appearance of any representative from NCW as "unfortunate" despite the notice of June one.
The court issued a fresh notice and sought the response from NCW on July 16 saying the organisation was required to work out some scheme for rehabilitation of the victim who was also allegedly gangraped last year for marrying a man in the same 'gotra' (clan).
Earlier, various NGOs working in India have claimed that honour killing is rampant in Uttar Pradesh and part of North India, and the governments because of political reasons not taking any action.
AALI (Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiative), an NGO working for women's rights, in a report had claimed in 2009, there were 79 honour killings in the state, out of which only 14 were reported from the western districts (which is considered to be the influence areas of Khap panchayat). Of the 36 killings between January and March this year only 7 took place in the western parts, the report said.
Another NGO 'Shakti Vahini' had complained that though there was a spurt in such killings in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Haryana and neither the Centre nor the state governments were taking steps to curb the menace due to "vote-bank politics."
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