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2017-03-28
LPA 274 of 2016J. Sangeeta Dhingra SehgalDevika Singh vs Kunal ChauhanNational Comission for Women

NCW Not Empowered To Adjudicate & Issue Advisories

(1) It is no doubt true that the NCW is empowered to look into complaints and take suo moto notice of matters pertaining to deprivation of rights of women. However, a perusal of letter dated 14.06.2013 addressed by NCW to the High Commission of India, Singapore stating that the respondent No.1/writ petitioner should not be posted to any foreign country until he resolves his matrimonial dispute with Devika Singh manifests that it was in the form of an advisory. It is also relevant to note that the said letter culminated into termination of employment of writ petitioner/respondent No.1 herein. More significantly, the writ petitioner/respondent No.1 was never intimated by NCW with regard to the complaint of Devika Singh.

(2) In the light of the aforementioned undisputed facts, the learned Single Judge was justified in holding that the procedure adopted by NCW is without any authority. Having regard to Section 10 of the NCW Act and the object sought to be achieved by the said Act, we are clear in our mind that it has never been the legislative intent to empower NCW to arrive at any final conclusion on any complaint received by it or to grant any relief which a Court is empowered to do.
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