Visiting Districts, Jails and Remand Homes

Visiting Districts, Jails and Remand Homes

Our team regularly visits all the districts, meeting people and administration, conducting awareness programs. Visiting Jails & Remand Homes Visiting jails and remand homes in order to ensure rights of women are not violated.

Visit of working girls' hostel at 28/1A Gariahat Road, Kolkata-700029

The Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women went to visit the hostel along with Smt. Suma Mukhcrjee, member and Smt. Sheuli Banerjee, Officer on Special Duty, West Bengal Commission for Women on 12.03.2012. Like the other two hostels visited earlier, this hostel also has many vacant rooms. Married women, who are working, are not-allowed to stay. Many aged women seemed to be unemployed but are staying here. Few women who do not live are occupying the seats with their belongings. As per report of the Superintendent, about 20 defaulters are there also. On the basis of findings following recommendations are made.

  • Proper policy required for filling up the vacancies early.
  • Married women whose family stay at a far away place may be allowed to stay here if they are working in Kolkata.
  • Aged and unemployed women may be sent to old-age homes.
  • Employment Certificate from boarders may be obtained at regular intervals.
  • Presence in the hostel may be made compulsory to occupy any seat. Mere keeping of belongings may not be allowed to occupy a seat.
  • Defaulters may be evicted observing procedure.
  • Common kitchen must be made mandatory and cooking at boarder's room or corridor may be stopped.
  • The post of Hostel Superintendent and Darwan must be made residential.
Security Arrangement may be improved by increasing the no. of Darwans to 2 from present arrangement of 1. Also theDarwans must live in the campus and not commute from a distant place.

Visit of Working Women's Girl's Hostels at Bagbazar & Christopher Road

On 13.12.2011 West Bengal Commission for Women paid a visit to the two Working Women's Hostels at Bagbazar and Christopher Road. On the basis of the report of visit following are the recommendations:

  • 1. Many of the hostel rooms are lying vacant. KIT authority may look into the matter and allow more and more needy persons to stay there. A healthy policy for inclusion of new members must be formulated.
  • 2. Many present occupants seemed lobe ineligible to stay there. Certificate of employment may be sought from them to prove their ineligibility. They may be evicted as early as possible which will also improve the environment.
  • 3. During visit it came to the notice of Commission Members that few occupants were using cooking gas inside their rooms to cook their food. It is very surprising how they got cooking gas connection inside hostel room. Commission feels fooding of members from common kitchen must be made mandatory.
  • 4. Common kitchen must re-start soon.
  • 5. There is poor security arrangement in the two hostels. This matter must be looked into by the authority.
  • 6. The Hostel Superintendent post must be made residential.
  • 7. The employees of the hostel are very poorly paid. A regular establishment may be set up there with better pay package.
  • 8. The renovation work of the two building must be completed soon.

Report on Alipore Women's Correctional Home Visit

Smt. Sunanda Mukherjee, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women and Smt. Krishna Chakraborty, member visited Alipore Women's Correctional Home on 22.11.2011 a 11-00 a,m. The Officer on Special Duty, West Bengal Commission for Women accompanied them. Following are the findings of the visit:

  • (i) Though this Correctional Home is meant, for women, there is no arrangement of any pediatrician or gynecologist.
  • (ii) The cases of many UTPs are tried in Single Bench. Therefore for reason like vacancy, vacation etc. it takes many dates for getting an order like bail which causes a long detention.
  • (iii) The condition of Ward No. 10 appeared to be very shabby. The room needs renovation.
  • (iv) As per prevailing G.O. allotment of newspaper is 1/75 pensioners. As literacy rate has improved considerably, Government may be requested to enhance the allotment.
  • (v) The problem of released Bangladeshi Prisoners needs attention. There are 34 released prisoners who are languishing for administrative delay. Commission may take up the matter with the Government and Bangladesh High Commission early. The above report is put up before full Commission for approval.

Report of District Visit of Nadia

Chairperson along with Smt. Jyotsna Agarwal, member and Smt. Mamata Murmu, member went to visit the district Nadia on 15.02.2012. The Office on Special Duty also accompanied them.
In Krishnagar, they attended the meeting convened by the District Magistrate. Among others who attended the meeting were the Superintendent of Police. the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Karmadhaksha, Sishu-Nari Unnayan Janakalyan-o-Tran Sthayee Samiti. the Addl District Magistrate (Dev.), the Protection Officer and other important persons and officials of the district.
There was a healthy discussion on many important issues like declining sex ratio.health problem among women, trafficking etc.
The Chairperson requested the Superintendent of Police, to urge the officers serving under him to be women friendly. She also requested the school teachers to create awareness against child marriage.
There was also discussion on many health issues, like providing iron tablet to the girl child, creation of awareness to build proper toilets in schools etc.
In the afternoon Commission visited the District Correctional Home. talking with the inmates it reveled that provision of legal aid in the district is very poor. Also many benches in different courts are vacant causing undue delay in getting bail/trial. The Chairperson sought a report from the welfare officers to examine the progress of trail of different cases of the inmates.

Howrah Visit

A 3-member team of the Commission consisting of Smt. Sunanda Mukherjee, Chairperson, Sml. Jyottsna Agarwal, Member and Sri Samarendranath Koley, WBCS(Exe), Member-Secretary undertook visil the district of Howrah on 13.2.2012.
A review meeting was convened by the District Magistrate at the instance of the Commission. The Sabhadipati, Sahakari Sabhadhipati and Karmadhyaksha, Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Sthayee Samity Howrah Zilla Parishad, District Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate (Dev.), Sub-divisioonal Magisrate, DSWO, Protection Officer and other district level officers attended the meeting. The Commissioner, Howrah Police Commissionerate and the Superintendent, Howrah (Rural) with other senior police officers also attended the meeting. From the Howrah Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor and the Chairperson attended the meeting. The Supdt, Howrah District Hospital, CMOH, Supdt, Liluah Home, Headmistresses of Girls' Schools, NGOs, representatives of women's organizations also participated.
After briefing by departmental officers about the status of government schemes and projects targeting women and girl children the Chairperson advised officials to give emphasis on effective implementation of the projects / schemes and the end results. She specially requesteu the Commissioner, Howrah Police Commissionerate and the Superintendent, Howrah (Rural) to ensure just behavior of police personnel at P. S. level and see that women in distress are not harassed or refused while lodging their complaints. She of course expressed her satisfaction over the quality of participation in the meeting and specially thanked the Savadhipati and her colleagues to remain present and exchange views. Though the Mayor. HMC could not attend owing to her outside engagement presence of the Dy Mayor and Chairperson was satisfying- She specially thanked the District Magistrate for her dynamic leadership and bestowed more responsibility on her regarding convening the meetings of the District Level Committee for Protection Women Rights regularly to monitor progress of women related schemes/projects in the district.
Due to paucity of time visits to the District Hospital and Liluah Home were postponed and status reports from the respective Supdts were called for.

District Visit in North 24-Parganas

The Chairperson, Vice chairperson accompanied by the OSD of West Bengal Commission for Women visited the North 24-Parganas District on 05.11.2011. D In the morning at 9-30 a.m. the Dumdum Central Correctional Home was visited.
Following are the recommendations regarding improvement of the environment of the Correctional Home :

  • 1) Legal Aid Service for the UTPs appeared to be very poor. It was reported that for consecutive 4 months no lawyer came for providing any help to the prisoners. This is to be improved immediately.
  • 2) There is no post of any psychologist there, which is to be created immediately to take care of the mental health of the prisoners.
  • 3) One Welfare officer to cater to the need of 3000 population also seemed to be insufficient. Another post of Welfare Officer to look after the need of female prisoners is recommended.
  • 4) Also for female prisoners and their children posting of one gynecologist and one pediatrician are recommended.
  • 5) Commission feels that the cases of UTPs Jharna Dutta, Baby Pal, Rupa Mondal, Sampa Mondal, Sanchita Debnath, Pratima Debnath are to be followed up immediately with effective intervention by legal aid. Also 18 Bangladeshi Prisoners were there, whose cases were settled but who could not be deported for administrative reasons. This matter needs attention of Government.

Afterwards Commission attended the District Level Meeting in the Collectorate Meeting Hall. There was a fruitful discussion on all the 11 agendas with the spontaneous participation of the invitees. The meeting was chaired by the Sabhadhipati, North 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad. Among others, the ADM (G), other District Level officers, CMOH, A.S.P., DSWO, and Protection Officers, remained present in the meeting.
Further the Commission visited Barasat District Hospital. Improvement of condition of this Hospital is very much needed. Government to take necessary action immediately. In the end, the Nijalay Home run by Women's Interlink Foundation was visited by the team. The environment of the Home appeared to be very congenial and seemed to be appropriate for the inmates.
The report is put up before the full Commission for its acceptance

District Visit of Hooghly

Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, the Vice-Chairperson, West Bengal Commission of Women, Smt. Suma Mukherjee, Member went to visit the District Hooghly on 16.09.2011. The Office on Special Duty Smt. Sheuli Banerjee, also accompanied them. They first visited the District Correctional Home. There the Vice-Chairperson requested the Superintendent, to increase vocational training activity among women inmates. Then the Commission attended the meeting convened by the District Magistrate. The Sabhadhipati, Addl. Superintendent of Police, MLA, Dhaniakhali, Karmadhyaksha, Sishu-Nari-Unnayan Janakalyan-o-Tran Sthayee Samili, participated in the meeting. There was a healthy discussion on many important issues like proper functioning of Anganwadi Centers, trafficking etc.
The Commission then visited the home for women & children named Prabartak Sangha in Chandannagar.
Altogether the visit was quite successful.

North 24 Parganas District Visit

On 29.01.10 a team from the West Bengal Commission for Women led by the Chairperson Professor Malini Bhattacharya along with members Smt. Bharati Mutsuddi, Smt. Shyamasree Das, Dr. Uma Basu and Smt. Shyamali Chakraborty visited the district of North 24 Parganas and met the District Magistrate, Sabhadhipati, SP, DSWO, CMOH, DRDC Officer, DPO and members of Women's organizations and NGOs and Headmistresses of girls' schools. They also visited the District Hospital and Sarama Singh Hostel for girl-students from Backward Classes.
On 30.01.10 they also visited the Barrackpore Correctional Home and Shelter Home run by Women's Interlink Foundation after holding a district-level advocacy meeting on PWDVA with various stakeholders.At the meeting held on 29.01.10 it came out that the Protection of Women's Rights Committee has been formed in March 2009 but so far there has been no meeting. However, a number of Awareness Programmes on dowry, early marriage and trafficking are going on at the level of Block Panchayats and even Gram Panchayats. Anti-trafficking cell has been constituted. There is also a site at Salt Lake where direct complaints can be lodged. One problem is that parents themselves send off their children to work as domestic servants to other states through agencies which are said to be registered at Delhi. The SP suggested that all cases of migration for domestic work may be reported at the thana.
So far as ICDS is concerned nine hundred and twenty (920) new shelters have been built for centres and 370 new centres are going to have buildings. The Medical Board for identification of the disabled is meeting every month. There is a clinical psychologist on the Board. In Basirhat and Bongaon Blocks, outreach camps have been organized and same day certificate is being given. Under NREGA while the district has received National Award, women's participation is still quite low at 11% to 13%. The DM said that they are trying to raise women's participation by bringing in innovative schemes.
The CMOH reported that the Advisory Committee for PCPNDT is meeting regularly although there is no auditing of data coming from the clinics. 54% target has been reached for Janani Suraksha Yojana although this is higher than the BPL level in the district. Percentage of Institutional Delivery was 72 in 2008 and 76 in 2009.