“Kumarmangalam has been appointed as the NCW chairperson and we would like to welcome her,” Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said, days after she had disapproved the practice of “political appointees” in the Commission.
Giving more details, Gandhi said that Kumarmangalam is from Tamil Nadu and runs an NGO called Prakriti. “She comes from Tamil Nadu. She has a very illustrious lineage, she is Mohan Kumamarmangalam’s daughter,” she added.
The Minister was asked if Kumarmangalam had any BJP affiliations. “Miss Mangalam does have affiliations but not… in the sense that she has stood for elections twice, but that’s about it,” Gandhi said.
When asked about her idea to appoint a judge as the chairperson of NCW, Gandhi replied, “It is in a state of limbo.”
The proposal which is aimed at enhancing the powers of the Commission, is awaiting approval from the Law Ministry. However she did not elaborate on any specific reason because of which it is pending.
She also dismissed suggestions that there was a communication gap between W&CD Ministry and the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Gandhi after taking charge had said that her Ministry wants to bring NCW on par with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to effectively deal with cases of violence and harassment against women.
The W&CD Ministry has proposed more powers for the NCW including giving it powers to investigate, search, seize, issue warrant and arrest in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place.
Lalitha is an economics graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and an MBA from Madras University. She also runs Prakriti, an NGO. She had contested Lok Sabha elections twice (2004 & 2009).