Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: The District Legal Services Authority has taken up a special campaign for creating awareness in the public on the provisions of the “Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.” Under the supervision of its Chairman and the Principal District and Sessions Judge, E. Jagannadha Reddy, legal literacy camps were organized all over the district by involving the stake-holders. A series of workshops were also organized during the past three weeks as part of the campaign.

The Principal District Judge said that the response was overwhelming. Women organizations took part in the workshops in a big way. The objective and salient features of the Act were discussed by judicial officers, advocates, police officers, mandal revenue officers, MPDOs, ICDS officials and CDPOs. The act envisages that the aggrieved person be informed about her rights and remedies available under the Act. The protection order, residence order, custody order and compensation order were all meant for providing relief to the victim.

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He explained that the protection order was intended to curb the menace of domestic violence at the threshold while the residence order was effective enough to prevent the victim from getting disposed from the conjugal home. Domestic relations have to be safeguarded, as the Act contemplates, in a sensitive manner by creating a protective ambience. The Act was provided with penal provisions to be invoked when the protection order was breached. Hence it served as a protective shield for women against domestic violence.

Mr. Jagannadha Reddy called upon the protection officers to implement the provisions of the act effectively. He wanted the service providers to involve themselves in the initiative to safeguard the rights of women with greater commitment. Parthasarathy, secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, also spoke.