Domestic Violence Act being misused
Protest against misuse of Domestic Violence Act
23 Oct 2010
BANGALORE: Two non-governmental organisations — Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) and Children Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) — will hold a protest in the city against the misuse of the Domestic Violence Act on Saturday.
Founder of CRISP Kumar Jahgirdar, who was earlier married to Chetana Kumble, who is now married to cricketer Anil Kumble, said the Act violated human rights.
“The Act is a tool misused by the cosmopolitan and misguided wives who want to avenge themselves on their husbands and in-laws if their demands are not fulfilled,” said Jahgirdar.
“We decided to hold a protest in Bangalore demanding amendment of the Act.”
In a press release, SIFF has said it demanded that maintenance laws be separated from the domestic violence laws and that maintenance be granted based on the length of marriage and must be gender neutral.
Recently, the High Court ruled that female members of the husband’s family cannot be made party in a complaint under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
The court had held that the Act, which was meant to protecting women, could not be used against women.