Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HC asks Centre to file reply on Domestic Violence Act section

HC asks Centre to file reply on Domestic Violence Act section

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai  January 29, 2014 Last Updated at 18:06 IST
The Court Bombay High Court today gave a last chance till March 5 to Union government for filing its reply on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of a section under the Domestic Violence Act which allows cases to be filed only against males. 

The petition filed by a mother-daughter duo has challenged the validity of Section 2(q) of the Act restricting the definition of 'respondent' to adult male members. 

The petition was filed in February 2013, following which the bench issued a notice to Ministry of Women and Child Welfare seeking its reply. However, the ministry is yet to respond. 

"The ministry has been given three chances since February last year. But you (ministry) are still seeking time. We are giving you one last chance now. File reply by March 5. No further time will be given," Chief Justice Mohit Shah said. 

According to petitioners Kusum Harsora (53) and her mother Pushpa Harsora (78), the section under the said Act makes an unreasonable, unfair and arbitrary distinction in the definition of 'respondent'. 

"Even female family members can be perpetrators of domestic violence. By restricting the definition of respondent to a domestic violence case to adult male members, the entire purpose of the Act is defeated. The section must be declared as unconstitutional and violative of the rights of women," according to the petition. 

The petition was filed after a single judge of the high court in February last year quashed a case filed by Kusum against her sisters and sister-in-law under the Domestic Violence Act. While junking the case, the high court took the view that no case under Domestic Violence Act can be made out against female relatives. 

Kusum had filed complaint in a metropolitan magistrate in October 2010 against her two sisters, Anita and Chandrika, brother Pradeep and his wife Hiral. Kusum had alleged that the four were harassing her and her mother Pushpa.

After probe, police may get rape FIR cancelled

After probe, police may get rape FIR cancelled

TNN | Jan 29, 2014, 02.37 AM IST

NEW DELHI: East Delhi police have said that the allegations of rape levelled by a 28-year-old married woman against her friend who, she claimed, assaulted her inside a car in presence of two other men, could not be established as there are several contradictions in her statement. 

While the medical reports of the woman ruled out rape, it was found that the description of the rapist as mentioned by her in her complaint does not match that of the person she accused of committing the offence. It was also found that the car mentioned by the woman did not belong to any of the two men. Police said that the mobile location of the men was nowhere near Loni flyover where she claimed she was picked up from. Sources said there would be no arrests in the case and that police may move court for cancellation of the FIR. 

The woman had told police on Sunday that she was walking to her house when her friend and two other men pulled over and offered her a ride home. She claimed that the friend raped her after she got into the vehicle and later dumped her near a roundabout on way to Loni. She said the two friends had watched the assault and threatened her to keep mum.