Saturday, October 28, 2006

Domestic Violence Act

Was reading an article about the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act. That's right, not about the act becoming law, but an actual use of the act. This is a welcome move (as long as it is an actual case), and will hopefully mark the beginning of women coming out and refusing to stay silent about such actrocities.

We have been reading too long about the subjugation of women in this country. Now, this may be a worldwide problem and a lot of people may defend this as a cultural problem, but there can be no defence for committing violence (whether physical or mental) on women just because they are part of your family. There needs to be a way to ensure that women have a legal defence against such acts of violence. No familial tie authorises anybody to traumatize women. Reading about a few cases itself is sickening, one can only imagine the true scale of this problem.

There is an apprehension that in a few cases, some women may misuse this act when they are already in a strained relationship, but such cases should be quickly investigated. It should not happen that such queries make this act a non-starter. It is an absolute requirement. The sooner that this law becomes more widely known, and starts to get quoted in TV serials and movies, the faster will be the effect, and hopefully the incidence of violence against women will reduce.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 9:14 AM