Staff Reporter

‘Of total 3,568 cases filed not even 10 per cent reach their logical conclusion’

‘Domestic Incident Report, to be filled and signed by the victim, not being filed in many cases’

HYDERABAD: Even as the gory details of alleged domestic violence on a woman from Visakhapatnam are emerging, women’s organisations across the State are raising their voice against the ‘slipshod’ implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

From a total number of 3,568 cases filed under the Act since its inception in 2005, not even 10 per cent have reached their logical conclusion, says C. Bhanuja, convenor of the Andhra Pradesh Women’s Network.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, she and other heads of women’s organisations that are part of the Network said that the Act remained ineffective due to apathy on part of the government.

No budget

“There is no separate budget allotment or staff for effective implementation. Project Directors and Revenue Divisional Officers who are the designated Protection Officers are not able to spare time from their schedules. Most officials lack knowledge about the provisions of the Act.

Though the Act prescribes a time limit of 60 days for the completion of adjudication in each case, it is not happening anywhere,” Ms. Bhanuja said.

The Domestic Incident Report, to be filled and signed by the victim as per the Act, is not being filed in majority of the cases, said B. Suryakumari, Executive Director of Mass Education and Organisation Society, Anantapur.

Lack of commitment

“The Act came into force along with the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) Act. But when it comes to the implementation part, the latter surged ahead while the former remains ineffective till date, This is proof enough of the government’s commitment towards gender-related issues,” she asserts.