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AIDWA hails Domestic Violence Act

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`Government must give wide publicity'



Sudha Sundararaman

NEW DELHI: T he All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the Domestic Violence Act that took effect from Thursday, saying the Act, for the first time, provides for civil remedies to women by way of protection orders, residence orders, and maintenance and thus is much wider in scope than the Section 498/A of the Indian Penal Code.

``Women in situations of violence are often thrown out of their matrimonial homes and the Act, for the first time, recognises the right of a woman to reside in her matrimonial home or shared household whether she has a right or title to the house or not,'' AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundararaman told reporters here on Thursday.

Residence orders

The Act provides for residence orders, which a woman could get to stop her husband or partner from dispossessing her.

However, the respondent under the Act could only be a male though a wife could file a complaint against the husband and his relatives, she said.

The AIDWA urged the Government give wide publicity to the Act and ensure its implementation in letter and spirit.

Condemns police action

The AIDWA has condemned the police action against protesters at Ghadsana in Rajasthan, who were seeking an assurance from the Government that they be provided with sufficient irrigation water.

The AIDWA team that visited Ghadsana on Wednesday demanded action against the Inspector General of Police, as well as the rest of the administration that was part of the police action.

It demanded the transfer of the Superintendent of Police and the District Magistrate and adequate compensation for the injured in the police action.

Ms. Sudha Sundararaman told presspersons that the Bharatiya Janata Party Government should stop this ``repression.''

Many women ``injured''

``It is shocking that in a State that is headed by a woman, where the Governor is also a woman and in Sriganganagar, where both the SP and Dy. SP are women, poor women agriculturists were beaten up in such a brutal manner," she said.

Over 200 people, including many women, were injured in the October 16 police action.

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