Shakuntala Shetty, MLA and chairperson of the Legislature Committee on Women and Child Development, expressed displeasure over the delay in payment of compensation to women and child victims of various atrocities.

She said she would soon take up the matter with the government and request that officials be directed to disburse compensation as early as possible.

Addressing presspersons on the sidelines of a meeting with officials from various departments here on Wednesday, she expressed happiness over the State government’s decision to set up 10 fast track courts in different parts of the district, including Belgaum, for cases pertaining to crimes against women. The committee had taken serious note of the Delhi rape case, and strongly recommended to the State to set up such courts so that all cases of violence against women were expeditiously disposed.

The committee had been holding its meetings only at Bangalore, and reviews were held on the basis of reports submitted by officials from various districts wherein members were left with little option but to believe it blindly.

District meetings

However, Ms. Shetty decided to hold meetings in every district hereafter, “to get closer to the people and elicit feedback directly from victims of atrocities, and also personally ascertain measures taken by various departments to prevent violence against women and children.”

So far, four meetings had already been held. The committee is currently reviewing whether the benefits of welfare programmes were reaching their targets.

The committee will hold review meetings on one Thursday every month, in every district. Ms. Shetty said the committee members would also perform surprise visits of government offices, schools and colleges and major establishments, to see whether proper and separate utilities were provided to them or not. Also, they would visit hotels and bars to check exploitation of women, if any.

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