India to adopt US model in tackling domestic violence

Posted in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE by NNLRJ INDIA on June 17, 2010

NEW DELHI: India is hoping to take a cue from the United States in tackling domestic violence cases. In an effort to minimise state intervention in implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has now mooted a proposal to encourage NGOs to provide assistance and shelter to victims. As of now the Domestic Violence Act expects the state to appoint protection officers who coordinate between courts, police and support services for enabling women’s access to justice. Officials said the “Safe DC programme” being implemented in Washington DC, in the United States, could be a good model to give implementation of the act a boost. The model was discussed by the officials of the ministry with states at a two-day meeting that began on Wednesday.

The programme envisages a domestic violence intake centre established by an NGO which is housed with-in the court premises and works in collaboration with police, prosecutors, NGOs and the court. The victims can approach a domestic violence intake centre or a police station and the victim is assisted in getting an ex-parte temporary protection order within two hours which is valid for 14 days. During the period the victim is provided with shelter, transport, legal assistance, custody of children depending on her needs.

A senior ministry official said that efforts were being made to involve more NGOs. “It has been seen that NGOs are sensitive to the victims’ needs and unlike state appointed protection officers are able to dedicate themselves completely to the implementation of the act,” he said. The official added that the state and ministries would monitor
the implementation.

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  1. Venkatesh P. Dalwai said, on June 17, 2010 at 08:55

    The D V law in India in the present form does not facilitate re-conciliation between the parties where small differences can be sorted out. Ultimately once free legal assitence and other benefits are given then it is unlikely to settle the matter for reunion. HEnce we need to introduce effective mechanism of councilers who are trained to do so unlike in present System of Family court where it is just ritual.

  2. Amol said, on June 23, 2010 at 14:00

    The DV laws should be made gender neutral. Why are women scared of making this law neutral if they don’t have anything to hide?

  3. sharmila ganguly said, on July 18, 2010 at 00:05

    I have taken inputs from here for my post and mentioned it as a source. FYI.

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