PUDUCHERRY: The reconstituted Puducherry Women’s Commission chairperson and its members assumed office at a function here on Thursday afternoon.
K Sundari, social worker and political activist, is the chairperson of the commission, while K Sujatha, M Nagajothi, S Amuda, Dr S Devipriya, J Jamila and advocate A Rosilline are the members.
Chief Minister N Rangasamy led the chairperson Sundari to the official chair at the office on 100 Feet Road.
Speaking after assuming charge of the panel, the tenure of which is three years, Sundari said she would strive for helping women, who approach the commission with their problems. She began her political career with the BJP and joined the All India NR Congress, when N Rangasamy formed the party just before the Assembly elections in 2011.
Rangasamy, who had gone to attend the marriage function of PMK founder Dr Ramadass’s grand daughter’s wedding at Mahabalipuram near Chennai, reached nearly three hours late for the function at the Women’s Commission.
The panel was dysfunctional since September 2011 as the Commission stopped taking cases. The State Women’s Commission, which was set up in 2004, had taken up over 2,000 cases that included dowry harassment, issues relating to marriage and sexual harassment.
K Latchoumy is the director-cum-law officer of the Commission.
As for the powers vested, the Puducherry Women’s Commission is a quasi judicial and autonomous body.
Minister T Thiagarajan and AINRC MLAs N S Jayapal and S Bhalan were present.