‘Domestic Violence Act being misused’-TOI
CHENNAI: Most cases under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 are granted respite but the act can be easily manipulated to delay proceedings, said lawyers and activists at a consultation to discuss the act on Tuesday.
“The act is meant to aid persons who have suffered domestic violence and have been thrown out of their houses as it provides them the right to a shared household. Many people misuse the act to harass their spouses,” said advocate Vidya Chetan at the event organized by the Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation.
Chetan said that many people who filed cases under the act had no intention of returning to their matrimonial home. She recalled a case where a woman filed a case under the DV Act after she walked out of her matrimonial home following a disagreement with her spouse. The court ordered her husband to provide her with a rented residence since the husband did not wish to live with her. “It has been six months since and the woman has still not shifted to rented accommodation and continues to live with her mother,” said Chetan.