BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered notices to state and central governments following a PIL seeking proper implementation ofProtection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
Veena Rai, a resident of R T Nagar, filed the PIL complaining that Section 12(5) is not being complied with at all and there’s a delay in disposing of cases. She said, “As per Section 12(5), a magistrate has to dispose of every application within sixty days from the first hearing. This is not happening. There are hundreds of cases pending for over a year with the sessions court and the victims are suffering. This is against Article 21 of the Constitution, which emphasizes that aggrieved women should get immediate relief and compensation and rehabilitation.”
She also pointed out that the child development and project officers have been entrusted with the duties of special protection officers. “It has overburdened them and they have no expertise to deal with these matters”, she said. The next hearing is in March second week.