Relief eludes victim of domestic violence

SPREADING AWARENESS: District Judge K.V. Giridharan speaks at a workshop on ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act’ in Eluru on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

G. Nagaraja

The issue was raised at a workshop held on the law

ELURU: Justice is delayed, justice is denied. This maxim appears to be true in the case of B. Mogadharamma (26), a victim of domestic violence from Mogaltur in West Godavari district. Mogadharamma, a widow who was allegedly subjected to domestic violence by her in-laws, moved the court seeking relief under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. But the relief fails to reach her even a year-and-a-half-long legal battle in the court. The stipulation which states that any case of domestic violence registered under the Act be disposed and relief reaches the victim within a time-frame of 60 days seemingly remained helpless in the case of Mogadharamma.

Ch. Hymavathi, Mogaltur mandal level Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), who is the service provider in the cases of domestic violence, raised the issue at a workshop on the ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act-2005”, attended by District Judge K.V. Giridharan, here on Saturday. She sought an interim relief to the victim ‘now, at least’. Denied her legitimate right in property, Mogadharamma reached her maternal house at Kothapusalamarru in Bhimavaram mandal to feed herself and her two children. Moved by her plight, Narsapur Sub-Collector Ronald Raj arranged a ration card for the victim enabling her to receive subsidy rice and the other food material from the local fair price shop.

According to information, she filed a complaint before the protection officer, stating that she was being subjected to domestic violence and denial of her right in the property by her in-laws after the death of her husband.

The in-laws were allegedly enjoying the income generated from a fishpond with an extent of a little over three acres owned by her husband for which she was the legal heir, the victim stated in her petition.

70 cases pending

Meanwhile, a host of CDPOs from Tanuku and Nidadavole areas, who were the service providers under the Act, complained to the District Judge that they were facing a lot of hardship while attending court during the trial of cases related to domestic violence and in servicing the summons to the accused.

Regional Deputy Director V. Anasuya, who was also protection officer under the Act, said a little over 70 cases of domestic violence were pending with different courts in the district and appealed to the judiciary to ensure speedy trial and early relief to the victims.