Staff Reporter

MADURAI: It was mandatory that women should know their rights and laws but they should not be in a hurry to ascertain their rights at every moment of life with the help of law, said S. Nagamuthu, Judge, Madras High Court, here on Thursday. He was delivering a lecture on ‘Domestic Violence Act,’ organised by the Department of Social Work of Fatima College.

“When we talk about rights we should also remember our duties and responsibilities,” he said and added that people should not be provoked by petty things. The Judge motivated the students to learn to forgive people, nurture trust in relationship, besides killing the ego so that the tolerance level would go up for a peaceful life.

He also explained various laws for women, from the Indian Penal Code to the latest Domestic Violence Act. Pointing out that the Domestic Violence Act would make remarkable changes in a woman’s life, the Judge said that the aim of the Act was not to punish the offender but to extend protection, medical facility, shelter and custody of the children.

He also said that the Domestic Violence Act would involve the role four agencies — protection officer, police, non-governmental organisations and service providers — and noted that women should seek the help of protection officers. The seminar was followed by an interaction session. The Principal, Sr. Fatima, presided.