Misuse of Domestic Violence Act increasing: Judge

Only 3 pc in Judiciary and 19 pc of women in Rajya Sabha

Misuse of Domestic Violence Act increasing: Judge

Misuse of Domestic Violence Act is on the rise, with women being the accused in more than 90 per cent of the cases, said principal district and sessions judge Mohan S Sankolli.

Women are becoming enemies of their own ilk, he added.

He was speaking at a workshop to improve awareness on women’s rights at JSS Law College here on Wednesday.

While women need to protest in case of atrocities against them, they also hold the power to turn a house into heaven.

Even though awareness among women about their rights is quite less, it is important for them to understand their rights.

Sankolli said that representation of women in judiciary is 3 per cent, 43 and 19 per cent respectively in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Even though women have made their mark in local administration, when they are chosen as elected representatives family members have a say in the decision making process.

This is due to lack of awareness, he added.

In society, both men and women are being subjected to atrocity and discrimination. More than 65 per cent of men are committing suicide owing to family problems.

Deputy commissioner P S Vastrad said that even though there are several rules to protect women against harassment, they continue to face discrimination. Awareness among women is of prime importance, he added.

Principal civil judge B Nandakumar, information department deputy director A R Prakash, district health and family welfare officer Manjunath and JSS Law College principal K S Suresh were present.

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