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Legal experts deliberate on domestic violence

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 July 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 26: How safe are women indoors? Are they aware of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005?

A discussion on ‘Domestic Violence Act 2(DVA) 005’ was organized by Sakhi- a one-stop crisis centre for women and the Gauhati High Court State Legal Services Authority in the city on Wednesday.

According to Assam State Legal Services Authority Member Secretary Gautam Baruah, women are prone to domestic violence and most of the time victims are not aware of the DVA. “A petty quarrel between couple does not lead to domestic violence. However, women can raise voice against acts which hurt her dignity,” Baruah said.

The discussion, where many women took active part, was seen inquisitive about the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. The Gauhati High Court also got two cases regarding domestic violence in the process.

Baruah laid stress on the fact that mental violence, along with physical violence, leads to domestic violence. Mental violence in reality is worse which leads to suicide of the victim in many cases.

The discussion revolved round awareness of women regarding the Act. Women who stay away from their husbands, who have a stable income, are viable for benefits, Baruah said, and added: “The Act is lackadaisical in so far as disposal period is concerned. It, however, has the provision of free legal aid to the victims. Change in the mindset in society is more important than amendments of Acts, he said.

Gauhati High Court, Law Research Institute’s retired director Doctor Jeuti Barooah also spoke on domestic violence at family level. Assam State Legal Service Authority member secretary Mridul Saikia, district social welfare officer Kunjalata Lachon and Sakhi centre administrator Neelakshi Sarma were also present on the occasion.

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