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Domestic Violence



  • Ordinarily Domestic Violence refers to Violence by one partner in an intimate relationship abuses the other.

  • Thus, the act of Domestic Violence is mostly committed at home which is the safest place for all.

  • Domestic violence may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other. It may range from inflicting minor injuries to causing the death of the persons. Situation differs from place to place and circumstances leading to such occurrence may also not be the same for each incident. When such an incident takes place, the abuser may feel the need to control and dominate the other partner because of low self-esteem, extreme jealousy, difficulties in regulating anger and other strong emotions, or when they feel inferior to the other partner in education and socio-economic background.

  • Thus, what makes the domestic violence different from any other form of violence against women is that the violence is committed by an intimate partner or the family member living together in a family. The implication of such violence for the woman is that she feels reluctant very often to complain against those whom she considers to be very near and dear and part of her family.

  • According to the Domestic violence act, any act/conduct /omission/commission that harms or injures or has the potential to harm or injure, will be considered as domestic violence. Under this the law considers physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological and economic abuse or threats of the same. Even a single act of commission or omission may constitute domestic violence, in other words, women do not have to suffer a prolong period of abuse before taking resources to the law.

Declaration of the NGOs as Service Provider for assisting victims of Domestic Violence under PEDV Act 2005

Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

PREVENTIVE MEASURES :

  • In order to sensitize the police officers at the ground level towards offences against women, CID, Crime Branch compiled a Compendium on Crime against Women. The Compendium contains the following:

1. Recent amendment of IPC/Cr.P.C.

2. CB Circular No.12/2012 regarding implementation of “Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012”

3. Police Circular Order 338/2013 pertaining to prompt investigation and prosecution of crime against women.

4. Police Circular Order 343/2013 regarding Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) pertaining to prompt investigation and prosecution of crime against women

  • Necessary instructions regarding Prompt investigation and submission of charge sheet within sixty days and extension of time in exceptional and specific cases have been mentioned in the SOP.

STATISTICS :

CASES RELATED TO DOWRY. :

  • In the year 2016, 5866 cases were registered, out of which, 3329 cases have been charge sheeted, 25 ended as Final Report True, 60 cases ended as FRMF/ML, 29 cases ended as False, and 24 cases closed due to different reasons and remaining 2399 cases are under investigation.

DOWRY HOMICIDE. :

  • In the year 2016, 575 cases were registered, out of which, 309 cases have been charge sheeted, 4 cases ended as FRMF/ML, and 1 case returned as False, 2 cases closed due to different reasons and remaining 259 cases are under investigation.

DOWRY SUICIDE. :

  • In the year 2016, 79 cases were registered, out of which, 49 cases have been charge sheeted and remaining 30 cases are under investigation.

DOWRY TORTURE. :

  • In the year 2016, 3509 cases were registered, out of which 1938 cases have been charge sheeted, 17 cases closed as FRT, 38 cases ended as FRMF/ML, 17 cases ended as False, 11 cases closed for different reasons and remaining 1488 cases are under investigation.

NON-DOWRY TORTURE. :

  • In the year 2016, 1703 cases were registered, out of which 1033 cases have been charge sheeted, 8 cases closed as FRT, 18 cases ended as FRMF/ML, 11 cases ended as False, 11 cases closed for different reasons and remaining 622 cases are under investigation.