EQUALITY INDIA NEWS – A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE
The Central Government feels the need to impart training to First Class Judicial Magistrates and Metropolitan Magistrates to deal with the cases under the Domestic Violence Act ,2005 through National/State Judicial Academies. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha today the Minister of Women and Child development Smt. Krishna Tirath Stated that the Act is implemented by the State Governments/UT Administrations .The minister observed that the Government does not have definite information about the time taken by the magistrates in disposing off the cases but It is likely that judicial process may not be completed within the stipulated period of sixty days from the date of its first hearing in all the cases. But the increasing number of cases registered under the Act shows that more and more aggrieved persons are accessing reliefs and services under the provisions of the Act. Smt. Tirath revealed that as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, total of 5788, 5643 and 7802 cases were registered under the PWDVA, 2005 during 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA, 2005) came into force w.e.f 26.10.2006. The Minister stated that Andhra Pradesh has witnessed highest no. of cases in the year 2009 under this Act in the nation which stands at 2710 .
According to the figures tabled in the house total 203804 cases of all types of crimes against women were reported in the year 2009.The crimes included dowry deaths, physical assault and harassment at workplaces. However majority of complaints received by NHRC relate to atrocities on women by the police.
She stated that the advisories issued to state governments emphasise on gender sensitization of the police personnel, minimizing delays in investigation, improving the quality of investigations and setting up ‘Crime against Women Cells’ in districts where these do not exist. States have also been advised to increase the overall representation of women in police forces.
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