The Act aims at getting equal rights for women
Krishnagiri: The provision of the Domestic Violence Act 2005 was meant to protect women’s rights and was not against men, said K.M. Ramathal, Chairperson, Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women.
Addressing a seminar on the Act organised by the Department of Social Welfare here on Monday, she said that the Act aimed at getting equal rights for women as enshrined in the constitution.
The Act had several features designed to provide maximum protection to women. The attitude of men towards women in society and in their homes had to change to reduce crimes against women.
Ms. Ramathal said that education played a pivotal role in empowering women. The Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women had organised bommalattam (puppet-show) in all the districts to spread awareness among women on their rights and counsel them on tackling sexual harassment at the workplace. The panel had so far received 480 complaints under the Act in Tamil Nadu, she added.
Female infanticide and foeticide continued to be a source of concern in Krishnagiri district. Many families still believed that girls were a burden. The mindset of the people should change to eliminate this evil practice.
C. Sangamithrai, member, Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women, and Seeman, film director, also spoke.