AMPATI, Nov 16: A public hearing on crimes against women and children was on Wednesday organized at Ampati by the Meghalaya State Commission for women (MSCW). The Deputy Commissioner’s office conference hall was jam packed with hundreds of women and students from all over South West Garo Hills.
During the public hearing, MSCW Chairperson T Phanbuh expressed concern over the escalating instances of crimes against women and children in the state. There is an immediate need to asses and determine the cause of this alarming trend she stated.
Explaining the aims and objectives of the public hearing, she stated that the commission was established to deal with the complex issues of women faced in their daily domestic and professiol life. In view of the increasing offences against women and children, the commission has adopted training of trainers for women support groups who will in turn weed out ignorance and empower women by educating them of their rights informed Phanbuh.
Phanbuh opined that women were more or less left out from decision making. She later urged the women of the state come out and let their voices be heard. South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Cyril V D Diengdoh, during his address, highlighted the various interventions undertaken by the district administration in regard to crimes against women and children. He stated that these interventions were taken up to provide equal rights to the underprivileged sections of the society and especially women and children.
Amongst others who spoke at the occasion were MSCW Vice Chairperson Gamchi T R Marak, ADC M T Sangma, DM&HO Dr Ko Sangma, Additiol Superintendent of Police B R Marak and DSWO L J Sangma.
ADC H D B Sangma, EAC F Boro MSCW members I Tariang and M Sohtun and Advocate S Chakraborty were amongst others who attended the public hearing.