Action over 'domestic violence' demanded

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Tiruchirapalli, Nov 21 (UNI) The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) and the Women's Legal Assistance Centre today urged the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to register criminal cases against the husband and in-laws of Smalin Jenita, who were in the US, for allegedly harassing her.

In a statement here, AIDWA District Secretary U Nirmala Rani, who is also the Women's Legal Assistance Centre President, said both the Centre and state government should take steps to bring them back to India.

The Indian women, who were subjected to violence after marrying Non-resident Indian bridegrooms, face lot of difficulties to bring the latter and the in-laws to book.

The AIDWA had been pleading for the setting up of special centres at New Delhi and in state headquarters to extend assistance to such hapless women. She said she had already petitioned the Chief Justice of Madras High Court over the incident and pleaded to treat her petition as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

The AIDWA had also decided to take up the issue with the National Women's Commission and patron of the Association Brinda Karat.

Both the organisations had planned to stage a demonstration, seeking justice to Ms Jenita here on November 23.

It may be recalled that Ms Jenita of Tiruchirapalli was admitted to a hospital in North Carolina with serious injuries, said to have suffered in a road accident.

Ms Jenita's relatives, who suspected foul play, brought her here and admitted her to a private hospital, where she was recovering.


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