Review meeting on Domestic Violence Act held in Dharwad
Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain has asked the officials to ensure proper coordination between various departments to expedite the disposal of cases on domestic violence through counselling.
He was speaking at the first district-level review meeting on effective implementation of The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, here on Thursday.
Mr. Jain asked the officials to furnish detailed information on the pending cases on domestic violence in the district in the last two years.
He urged officials to help women subjected to domestic violence to get police assistance at the Family Counselling Centre in Dharwad.
He also asked them to organise workshops to sensitise the public, the police officers and personnel, representatives of non-governmental organisations and officials of various departments in the matter.
Briefing the meeting on the domestic violence cases in the district, Deputy Director of Women and Child Development Malati Pol said that 219 cases of domestic violence had been registered in the district so far.
She said that of them 100 cases had been disposed of through counselling while 23 had been disposed of legally. Apart from them, 21 cases had been resolved through grant of compensation and there were 75 pending cases.
Ms. Pol said that legal cells had been set up in all the five taluks in the district, counselling was held on Wednesdays and Saturdays to resolve cases.
Member of the district level committee monitoring the implementation of the Act Isabella Xavier stressed the need for setting up a police station for women in Dharwad and also the establishment of a Mahila Santvana Kendra. Ms. Isabella urged the district administration to help rehabilitation of the affected women through government schemes, after the cases were disposed of.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Patil told the meeting that a wing had been set up at the Superintendent of Police's office in Dharwad for hearing grievances of women.
Project Officer of Bala Vikasa V.A. Patil and Woman and Child Development Officer Bharati Shettar were present.