9:08 AM A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said the Government was “deeply saddened” by the death of Dr. Dattatreya, who was the minister for women and child development and a strong advocate for women’s rights.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Dattatra, who dedicated her life to promoting women’s empowerment, social justice and equality,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for Dr. Naina Dattarathe said she had been appointed as Minister for Women and Child Development and was also an advocate for the rights of women.
In a statement, the Minister for Public Service and Labour, Shri Manohar Parrikar, said the family of Dr, Dattatiya was “horrified” by his death.
Dr. Datta, who came from the Dalit community, worked as a civil engineer and had become a prominent advocate for social justice in the state.
He had fought for the right of Dalits to hold their own elected seats in the Maharashtra State Legislative Council.
Ms. Datti, a lawyer and founder of the social welfare organisation Women Against Domestic Violence, was the third woman to be appointed as the Minister of Women and Children Development.
The first woman minister was Manoj Sinha in 2013, and the second was Manish Tewari in 2015.
After the appointment of Mr. Tewaris, the Government has not confirmed the appointment for Ms. Dati.