STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Attitude of State Governments Defeats Purpose of Domestic Violence Act: Activists

According to civil society activists, in the nine years since it came into existence, the Act has not been used as an emergency law.

Published: 27th October 2015 05:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2015 05:48 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: he Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, has failed to make a mark mainly due to lack of commitment from state governments in appointing protection officers and formulating safety plan for women in distress.

According to civil society activists, in the nine years since it came into existence, the Act has not been used as an emergency law.

“Since it came into existence on October 26, 2006, the Act has suffered as almost no state government has made any safety plan or appointed protection officers for women who suffer abuse in their homes,” Monica Saroha, a former women’s court judge who is presently with the Delhi Legal Services Authority, said at a press conference here.

Giving her own experience as a judge, she said there was only one protection officer in Delhi for a total of 10 police stations, which were under her jurisdiction. “It is impossible for them to get involved in each case,” she added.

Gauri Chowdhary, Director of Action India, said apart from lack of protection officers, the other issue was that the officers themselves faced security threats.

“Many of them, when they visited the homes of women abused by their husbands and in-laws, faced violence,” she said.

“We have also found that protection officers are unwilling to directly file the Domestic Incident Reports, on behalf of the aggrieved women, with the magistrates,” Chowdhary said. The activists demanded that October 26 be declared as day against domestic violence.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp