Staff Reporter

Officials told to stick to the deadline

COIMBATORE: The Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women, Sarguna Pandian, has asked officials to expedite cases registered under domestic violence laws.

Addressing officials at a review meeting held at the Collectorate on Friday, she said as per the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 officials concerned had to complete the cases within 90 days.

Officials must stick to the deadline to help the complainants get justice, she said after reviewing the 39 cases pending in the district. This was the ninth such meeting she had conducted in the State. Her previous meetings were in Tirupur, Nagapattinam, Vellore, Thanjavur, Theni, Dindigul, Erode and Virudhunagar.

The cases she reviewed related to domestic violence, dowry harassment, verbal abuse, ill-treatment, caste abuse, disputes over alimony, separation from husband among others.

Ms. Pandian said the Commission had recorded pendency of 300 cases in 2007, 648 in 2008 and 943 in 2009. Majority of those complaints were against mothers-in-law, which was worrisome as women were not only victims but also perpetrators of violence. The Commission in its efforts to complete the inquiry into pending cases also looked at resolving the same by counselling the disputing parties. District Social Welfare Officers were asked to counsel and only in the event of failure should the cases reach the court.

At the end of the function she gave away financial assistance worth Rs. 1.7 lakh to nine persons. District Social Welfare Officer R. Anbu was present.