Coimbatore, Nov 12: Delivering a lecture on 'Domestic Violence in India', Kiran Bedi, a former Indian Police Service officer said, "Dependence and lack of empowerment led to women experiencing domestic violence. To overcome the menace, they should know the legal provisions of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 2005 for prevention if not for punishment."
The function was organised by the Coimbatore Advocates Association and Rotary Coimbatore Spectrum. A PhD scholar who had done her thesis on 'Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse and Alcoholism', Ms Kiran Bedi said that emotional, physical, biological, psychological and financial dependence of women had turned women gullible victims of domestic violence.
The earlier legal provisions such as Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) served the needs of women going through agony and torture it never helped in combating the problem completely. In fact, in the north there were more women accused in domestic violence against women, i.e., daughters-in-law being harassed by mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.