Human rights activist urges President to use reference powers

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Pune, Jan 22 (UNI) Human rights activist Asim Sarode through his ahyog Trust, the legal wing of Human Rights and Law Defenders, has written a letter to the President Pratibha Patil to use the reference powers gives under Article 143 of the constitution, for protecting rights of abused women in India.

Under the Article 143 the President of India can refer a question of law or fact, which is of public importance, to the Supreme Court for its expedient opinion.

It is for the first time that the President has been asked to make use of the power for a socio-legal purpose.

The protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, came into effect on October 26, 2006 but even after completing more than a year the implementation of the Act is not very satisfactory, Mr Sarode informed through a press release today.

The release said the Ministry for Women and Child Development are in the process of appointing a panel of lawyers to review the law in consultation and with the opinion of the men, who believe in lawlessness and denial of Women's right.

But this step of the Ministry is expected to vitiate the whole purpose of having a legislation to protect the women who are in a violent domestic relationship.

The victims of domestic violence are traumatised with unnecessary and lengthy procedures when they approach the court. The aggrieved has to go through a lot of hardship to convince the judge that it is a case of domestic violence.

Mr Sarode has requested the President to frame some direction to the judges across the country so that the matters of domestic violence will be decided expediently, the release stated.

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