TAMIL NADU

“Domestic violence laws made easier”

Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The Government changed the laws that deal with domestic violence to make them easier for the victims of abuse to get protection through the legal system, said K.M. Ramathall, Chairperson, Tamil Nadu Women’s Commission.

Presiding over a seminar on domestic violence against women recently, she said that domestic violence could be in the form of physical violence, including direct physical violence ranging from unwanted physical contact to rape and murder.

Emotional abuse

Psychological and emotional abuse meant humiliating the victim, controlling what the victim could and could not do, withholding information from the victim, deliberately doing something to make the victim feel diminished or embarrassed, isolating the victim from friends and family, and denying the victim access to money or other basic resources, said the Chairperson.

Economic abuse was when the abuser has complete control over the victim’s money and other economic resources.

Usually, this abuse involves putting the victim on a strict ‘allowance’, withholding money at will and forcing the victim to beg for the money until the abuser gives them some money, she said.

Y. Siluvai Vasthiyan, director of HEAL, and others spoke.

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