Terming growing “impatience” among young girls as one of the reasons behind matrimonial disputes, chairperson, Punjab State Commission for Women Paramjit Kaur Landran said that there was a need to sensitise girls and remind them of their moral values.
The chairperson, who was here to address women grievances on Thursday, said that most of the cases she dealt with included that of domestic violence.
Speaking to HT, Paramjit said: “Major domestic violence cases are a result of girls losing patience these days. They are outspoken and rarely care for their in-laws and husband, which is the major reason behind such disputes.”
“Dowry cases have reduced, but in some cases, girls deliberately plant a dowry case to take revenge from their husband,” she added.
She said: “There is a need to sensitise them and remind them of their moral values, for which we have decided to organise seminars and awareness campaigns for girls from the next month in colleges as well as schools.”
“There are cases, where girls fight over little things,” she said adding that Majha region have reported maximum cases of domestic violence, especially from border areas, including Ferozepur and Fazilka.
“We try to settle disputes initially through counselling by listening to both the parties and convincing them for a mutual settlement,” she said.
Criticising the Punjab police department for its failure to submit inquiry reports in as many as 342 complaints forwarded to it by the commission since January 1, she said the police departments across the state have been given a deadline until July 16 to submit their reports, failing which action would be taken against them.
"We will take action against the departments and police officials, who will not submit the reports by July 16,” she added.
She alleged that the police departments do not submit the report as asked by the commission within 30 to 40 days.
Paramjit said that the commission has started organising grievance sessions in every district to provide justice to women at their doorsteps.
“We will be addressing women grievances in Amritsar on Friday, Sangrur on July 26 and then in Ferozepur. We will cover 13 districts in a month,” she said.
She revealed that the number of cases received by the commission has increased from 151 in 1998, the year when the commission was formed, to 2,123 in June 2013.
She said there were two reasons behind the increase in figures, which included awareness among people, where they know whom to contact and another being increasing matrimonial disputes.