Women panel's website gathers dust since 2004

Women panel's website gathers dust since 2004

No new information uploaded, activists see lethargy

If the website of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) is to be believed, it has not organised any workshop or programmes for educating women since 2004.

A neglected website of the panel has also irked activists who say the poor state of affairs highlights a lack of conviction and commitment of the commission.

Commission Chaiperson Barkha Singh when told about the lack of updation of the website admitted to the slip up and promised to take up the matter on a war footing.

She told Deccan Herald, “It’s a shocking fact that DWC’s website is not updated. We have been doing many programmes to ensure woman’s safety and security since 2004, but these have not been reflected on the site.”

 “Our work must be in public domain. I will take stern action against those who are responsible, and regular updation of the website,” said the former Congress legislator.

The commission offers help to women in distress and helps protect the rights of the women and prevent violence against them.

After the December 16, 2012 gang rape, the public outrage had sparked a debate on ensuring women’s security with the help of better technology and information sharing, but the commission’s alleged aversion to using the information technology has appalled many women social workers.

Activist and director of Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari, expressed anger over the commission’s outdated website.

“Not updating of DWC’s website shows its lack of conviction and commitment towards women’s cause,” she said.

“It deserves criticism. They are just careless,” said Subhasini Ali, member of the Communist Party of India and president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association.

A DWC official said the website had been partially updated in December 2012, but that was for tender notice and some organisational recruitment.