‘Shriraksha,’ a centre for counselling and mediation launched
CHENNAI: In case of marital disputes, professional counselling assumes a vital role, said former Supreme Court Judge S. Mohan. The root cause for differences between husband and wife become difficult to find, especially in case of divorce petitions where stereotypical allegations were made, he said. In this scenario, professional counselling becomes vital to unearth the true cause of the dispute and to bring about an amicable solution, he said.
He was speaking at a seminar on the effective role of counselling and mediation in relation to family laws. During the function, ‘Shriraksha,’ a centre for counselling and mediation for men, women and children facing family issues such as domestic violence, divorce and post-divorce counselling, and other such issues was launched. The function was organised by Management Labour Academy and Pigeon Trust, here on Sunday. The counselling centre would be a wing of the Management Labour Academy.
S.Vimala, Judge, Industrial Tribunal, Chennai, said that false reasons presented for divorce exacerbated the situation, as both the parties felt wronged, which made reconciliation that much more difficult. She stressed the need for professional counselling and said that there were many cases where people reported to her that the counselling was improper. Women, for instance, were told that they had to bear domestic violence for the sake of children, she said, citing examples of such unprofessional counselling.
She said that the need of the hour was pre-marital counselling, so that people entering marriage could be aware of the commitments involved in the relationship.
There were three stages of counselling people with marital disputes, said R. Natraj, Director-General of Police, Director of Fire Services and Rescue Management.
The first was the initial state where the situation had not yet deteriorated to the extent of approaching the law, the second was at the police station where many with marital disputes turn up and the third was during divorce proceedings, he said. He stressed the need for counselling during early stages itself.
Mr.Natraj also stressed the need to counsel inmates in prisons. According to a study done at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in Bangalore, around 60 per cent of those in prisons had various mental health issues, he said.