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Rekha Sharma appointed chairperson of NCW

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

member Sharma, who recently stoked a controversy by suggesting abolition of confessions in churches, has been appointed as the of the

Sharma, 54, was earlier a member of the Commission and was holding the additional charge of after Lalitha Kumaramangalam demitted office in September last year. She belongs to

As a member of the Commission, she visited and inspected a number of psychiatric institutions, custodial homes throughout the country and interacted with women admitted in these institutions, the said in a statement.

Reacting to her appointment, Sharma said, "It is with a great honour, respect and sense of duty that I take up the charge of Chairperson, National Commission for Women".

"The will stay true to its mission of upholding women's constitutional and legal rights and facilitating redressal of their grievances," she added.

Sharma was recently embroiled in a controversy after she recommended abolishing the practice of "confessions" in churches as it can lead to blackmailing of women, after such a case came to light in

The had distanced itself over her proposal to abolish the practice of confessions with Alphons Kannanthanam, who hails from Kerala, saying the "Centre has no connection with the stand taken by Sharma".

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:25 IST