Nirmala Venkatesh strikes back at NCW

Nirmala Venkatesh criticises Govt. for sacking her over Mangalore pub probe

Bangalore, Mar 2 : Former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh, on Monday critisised the government for sacking her over the Mangalore pub attack probe.

Addressing a press conference here, Venkatesh defended her controversial report on the pub attacks, which had blamed the pub owners for not providing safety to women guests and recommended suspension of its license.

“So many cases were investigated by the one-member committee. I can take suo moto action. I have the quasi-judicial power and can take suo motu action as per the NCW Act,” she said.

She also lashed out at the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhary for saying she had no legal knowledge.

Venkatesh was sacked on February 27 for failing to conduct an unbiased enquiry.

Her report on the attack was not accepted by the Commission due to several inadequacies.

She was also criticised for going public with her findings before submitting it to the Government.

After rejecting the report, the Women and Child Development Ministry has ordered another inquiry into the Mangalore incident perpetrated by the Sri Ram Sene.

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