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15k domestic violence cases in Capital, no conviction

The law to protect women from violence at home has fallen short of meeting its purpose by 100% in Delhi.

delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2012 00:42 IST
Atul Mathur

The law to protect women from violence at home has fallen short of meeting its purpose by 100% in Delhi.

Of the 14,887 cases filed under the Domestic Violence Act, a central law, since 2007, the courts have failed to settle even one. However, applicants have withdrawn 1,926 cases after mediation.

Activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya obtained this piece of information through RTI.

“The act stipulates the magistrate shall try to dispose of every application within 60 days … But there has been zero conviction,” Bhattacharya said.

A woman who lives or has lived with a person under one roof on the strength of a relationship or adoption and has suffered at his or her hands can file a case.