Domestic Violence Act – Useless Like The “G” In Lasagna
- IWB Post
- November 2, 2015
Domestic Violence is not uncommon in India. The National Family Health Survey indicates that nearly 34.5% of women, in the age group of 15-49, have experienced domestic violence, either physically or sexually.
Men have a need to assert power and proudly exhibit their dominance by thrashing their counterparts. Their manhood somehow gets a seal of approval and a new-found sense of self-respect. It’s as if they get a new perspective on life!
On top of that, the Domestic Violence Act enacted in 2005 completes 10 years, and women are still waiting for redressal. The act lays down that all cases need to be redressed within 60 days from the first day of hearing. Unfortunately, some cases have been waiting to be redressed for years.
There has been a recorded increase in domestic violence cases from 89,546 in 2009 to 99,135 cases in 2011. It was found out that Protection Officers (POs) were unwilling to file the Domestic Incident Reports (DIRs) directly with the Magistrates, on behalf of the aggrieved women. The woman is instead sent to the Delhi Legal Services Authorities, which is a highly time consuming process.
As a result, not a single DIR has been filed in the last 9 years. In addition to this, welfare experts which were supposed to be appointed by the courts of Delhi, have not yet been chosen. Yes, in 10 years, the courts could not appoint an expert. Plus, the safety plans which were supposed to be designed by the 10 Protection Officers are also, not yet drafted.
The Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) was always considered as a milestone in the journey of a long struggle undertaken by the women of India. It was a historical event, when the Act was put in place for the safety of women. Unfortunately, the Act is in fact a clever facade, a veil draped over the inefficient and insensitive nature of the Indian Government.