The National Commission for Women
(NCW) is a statutory body for women established in 1992 by Government of India
under the provisions of the Indian Constitution
, National Commission for Women
official website. The present head of the Commission is Mrs. Mamta Sharma, former MLA of Bundi district, Rajasthan.
The objective of the NCW is to represent the rights of women in India and to provide a voice for their issues and concerns. The subjects of their campaigns have included dowry
, politics, religion, equal representation for women in jobs, and the exploitation of women for labor. They have also discussed police abuses against women.
The commission regularly publishes a monthly newsletter, Rashtra Mahila
in both Hindi and English.
In December 2006 and January 2007, the NCW found itself at the center of a minor controversy over its insistence that the law not be changed to make adulterous wives equally prosecutable by their husbands.<blockquote>But the grounds on which Ms. Vyas resists the logic of making this a criminal offence — particularly for women, as often recommended — are not as encouraging. She is averse to holding the adulterous woman equally culpable as the adulterous... Read More