New Delhi: The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 aims to provide protection and support to victims of domestic violence. The Act provides for appointment of Protection Officers and registration of Service Providers by State Governments for carrying out various duties and functions relating to protection and relief to women suffering from domestic violence.
Further, State Governments and Union Territory (UT) Administrations have been advised to allocate separate budgets for smooth functioning of Protection Officers (PO), providing support to survivors, training and capacity building of Police, Judiciary, Medical Officers, Service Providers as well as for creating mass awareness about the Act.
The Ministry has also advised States to provide information to aggrieved women about their rights in a simplified manner in local languages or dialects.
As per the data published by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in the past three years, the number of cases reported/registered of domestic violence against women under ‘The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005’ is 461 in 2015, 437 in 2016, and 616 in 2017 (an increase of 33.6% in 2 years).
Madhya Pradesh (MP) had the highest number of registered cases of domestic violence against women, reporting 241 incidents in 2017, followed by Kerala and Bihar with 177 cases and 81 cases respectively.
This information was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
Earlier this week, Irani attended the Facebook South Asia Safety Summit, where she said women’s help desks are being set up in each police station across the county to make police stations more accessible for women and children.
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