Gujarat: GGRS threatens to sue Renuka

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Vadodara, Feb 24: The Gujarat Gaurav Raksha Samiti (GGRS) today threatened to file a suit in the High Court against Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury and National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Girija Vyas for ''deliberately lying and lowering the credibility of the two women institutions.'' The samiti which has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking immediate action against the two women leaders, also demanded a public apology from the duo for deliberately lying to the people through print and electronic media.

Taking strong exception to Ms Chowdhury's Gujarat poll-eve statement that the State had not implemented the centre's Domestic Violence Act, 2006, Samiti president Vijay Wadhwani charged the minister with having defamed and deeply hurt the sentiments of Gujarati people by her ''totally baseless and false statement''.

In fact, Mr Wadhwani claimed, that Gujarat was among the first states to implement the Domestic Violence Act, and ranked sixth in the country as far as the registration of number of cases was concerned. The newly-formed apolitical organisation had created a flutter in political circles here, by putting up unnamed banners across the city yesterday where in it had threatened to unmask two national-level leaders before the Gandhi Nagar Gruh today.

Sensing trouble, city police had made elaborate security arrangements in and around the venue since morning before the group members started assembling at the stipulated venue with banners, placards, newspaper clippings and video tapes of Minister Chowdhury and Ms Vyas.

The samiti president also criticised Ms Vyas, who had reportedly told a news channel that proposal had been sent to the Law Ministry to enhance punishment to dowry givers.

''This is a totally contradictory statement as the official website of the National Commission for Women-- ncw.nic.in -- mentions about its proposal to exclude dowry givers from punishment,'' Mr Wadhwani said and warned the UPA government against the NCW's proposal to exclude dowry givers.

UNI

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