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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Is really the Domestic Violence Act being misused?


While visiting face book I find many posts in the face book depicting that there is abundant misuse of domestic violence Act by women. There have been alarming statistics showing many numbers of cases being filed by many educated women and even some news items mentioning that the wife marry the innocent boys just to extort the money and then stay happily with their boy friends. There have been circulars issued by various Police Commissioners as well as comments made by hon'able judges in their judgement and even the Supreme Court has termed it as a Legal Terrorism. In order to have  some statistical analysis, I had submitted an application under RTI Act 2005 to Ministry of Home Affairs to seek certain details about the statistical figures pertaining to cases being filed by such women in the territory of Delhi falling under the jurisdiction of Delhi Police. In most probability such details would not be available and MHA would find ways and means of avoiding such information. Nevertheless the issue is likely to be sensitized and hope that Govt. would take some appropriate steps. I am reproducing below the table of the data sought from Ministry of Home Affairs pertaining to Delhi Police. I also expect some activists/ NGOs to dig out details pertaining to other States. While I had tried to dig out information in some useful format, I also seek opinion of the blog readers to suggest me if any of the additional information that could be additionally sought and at the same time I also request readers to ignore the mistakes that I might have committed.

Seeking Information under RTI Act 2005
                                                                                                                                         Dt. 11/06/2012
Smt. Shyamala Mohan,
Central Public Information Officer and Director (A &V)
Ministry of Home Affairs
Room No. 94-B
North Block
New Delhi-110 001

Dear Sir,

Please supply me the following information under RTI Act 2005 in respect of receipt of complaints from women in Crime Against Women (CAW) Cell under the jurisdiction of Delhi Police.

Statistics pertaining to CAW Cells, Delhi / New Delhi under jurisdiction of Delhi Police
S.No.
Details / Year
2010
2011
1st January 2012 to 31st May 2012
1
Total number of complaint reported by Women levelling of allegations u/s  498a



2
Total number of cases settled by CAW Cells in Delhi and dropped from further proceedings



3
Total amount paid to complainant by the accused in such settlement at S.No. 2 above



4
Total number of women who were employed / staying outside Delhi and NCR but lodged complaints in Delhi



5
Total number of women who were got medically examined before registering complaints or examined immediately on registration of their complaints



6
Total number of complaints referred for mediation to the mediation centres



7
Total number of complaints settled during mediation proceedings and dropped for further proceedings



8
Total amount paid to complainant by the accused in the mediation proceedings at S.No. 7 above



9
Total number of complaints referred for registration of FIRs



10
Total number of FIRs  registered with Police Station In Delhi



11
Total number of complaints dropped on account of jurisdiction



12
Total number of women who were in employment at the time of lodging complaint u/s 498a



13
Total number of women having qualification of graduate and above who registered the complaints at CAW Cell u/s 498a



14
Total number of complaints registered after following due procedure of Rule 2 of Dowry Prohibition Act as per order No. 07/07 dtd. 23/03/2007 of Commissioner of Police Delhi subsequent to award of order by High Court of Delhi while dealing with Crl Misc No. 7108 and 7262 of 2006



15
Total number of complaints that were followed by scrutiny of income tax documents such as ITRs and List in terms of Rule 2 of the Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance of Lists of Presents to the Bride and Bridegroom) Rules 1985



16
Total number of complaints that were not followed by scrutiny of income tax documents such as ITRs 



17
Total number of complaints that were not followed by  List in terms of Rule 2 of the Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance of Lists of Presents to the Bride and Bridegroom) Rules 1985




I will update the blog as soon as I get some data from the Government.

3 comments:

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    1. Dear Mr. Anup, I will be compiling the information as I am still awaiting for some crucial questions. Many applications are pending in CIC. I will update the blog very soon. Thanks for your keen interest in the blog.

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  2. Please share the details of reply of RTI application.

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