State Women’s Commission along with the Kochi Corporation conducted a ‘Vanitha Adalat’ on Wednesday. The adalat received 62 petitions, of which 22 were settled on the spot.
For several women, the adalat offered a ray of hope. A retired teacher who was staying alone at her house at Nettoor had petitioned before the adalat about the troubles caused by her neighbours. They threw stones at her house. When she reacted they used abusive language against her.
The commission summoned the neighbours who gave in writing that they would not repeat the action.
A number of the petitions dealt with property disputes within families and the adalat settled many of them successfully. A woman from Vyttila registered a complaint against her mother and brother for not giving her share of family assets .
The case was settled under the condition that four cents of land would be given to the complainant.
Two other women, one from Tripunithura and another from Mulanthuruthy, had filed a similar sorts of complaints against their family members in the adalat and both the cases were settled amicably .
In a different case, a complaint was filed against a doctor from Kothamangalam for conducting a surgery without giving anaesthesia.
As the complainant failed to appear before the commission and as the doctor submitted papers to prove that he was innocent, the commission set the doctor free of charges levelled against him.
State Women’s Commission member Lisi Jose, Cochin City Women’s Cell CI Shanti Joseph, family councillor Sinimol and advocates Maya and Megha led the adalat.