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Protection Issues PDF Print Email

 

Because of vulnerable situation of women and children various provisions have been placed in the constitution and laws are framed for their protection. Various issues that seriously affect them are:-

1. Domestic Violence

Are you being abused mentally, verbally, physically, sexually or financially by any male member at home or with whom you live?

If you answer yes to anyone of the above, you are a victim of Domestic Violence

What can you do?

You can take recourse in PWDVA or 498-A of IPC if violence is inflicted by husband or his relatives and it is to an extend to cause you grave mental and physically injury.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, you can file a case in the Court directly or take help of Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA) or any other legal practitioner and get:

  • Protection Order, where a Protection Officer is assigned to you under section 18 D.V.Act
  • Residence Order, where no-one can throw you out of your home under section 19 D.V.Act
  • Monetary Relief, where you get maintenance, and compensation for expenses incurred due to violence, including medical under section 20 D.V.Act
  • Temporary custody of your children under section 21 D.V.Act

 

How can the Police help you?

  • The complaint under the PWDVA can be lodged directly with the Police, who have to record a Direct Information Report(DIR)
  • The DIR has to be forwarded to a Protection Officer and the Local Magistrate
  • Police has to assist you in making sure all court orders are enforced
  • The Police has to continue all investigations of cognizable offences under the Indian Penal Code such as Rape, Dowry, 498a, hurt etc.

 

2. Dowry

Giving or taking dowry is punishable under Law.  If you are being harassed by your husband or his family for money, property, gifts or any goods from you or your family during or after your marriage as a consideration for marriage.  If you are being ridiculed for insufficient dowry, you are a victim of Dowry harassment.

What can you do?

Take recourse in Prevention of Dowry Prohibition Act by writing a complaint to the Police authority.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

  • To give or to demand; Dowry is dealt with under section 3/4 of Dowry Prohibition Act 1961.

How can the Police help you?

  • File a First Information Report (FIR) against the offenders if you are a victim so that they can be prosecuted under law.

 

3. Cruelty by husband & in-laws

Are you being subjected to mental and physical violence which is causing or is likely to cause you grave (serious) mental and physical injury or you are being harassed for dowry?  If so, you are a victim of Cruelty.

What can you do?

You can complaint to your Police Station, District Crime Against Women Cell or at SPU W&C, Nanakpura, In case of immediate help call ‘100’ or Women Helpline ‘1091’ and say no to abuse.  You can take protection under PWDVA and 498-A IPC.  Section 498-A IPC makes it punishable for husband and in laws for harassing a women for dowry or for inflicting cruelty on her.  At Women Cell you will negotiate a violence free life, to punish the abusers.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

You can get a case registered under Section 498-A of IPC.  You and your family can also take recourse in counselling and mediation services free of cost at SPUWC.

How can the Police help you?

On receipt of your complaint, you and your spouse will be offered counselling so as to help you negotiate violence free life.  If that fails, you can take help of mediators at SPUWC to have amicable separation.  Failing these, police will register a criminal case against the abusers.

 

4. Rape

Are you being forced to have sex without your consent?

Did you give your consent based on false promises?

Are you less than 16 years of age and another is having sexual relation with you?

Are you being misguided to have sex with a stranger because it is a social or religious punishment that you deserve due to some misconception by some powerful guru or god man?

Are you being force to have sex because you are now part of a social or peer group?

Are you being forced into sexual contact with a promise to some sort of favour in return?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, you are a victim of rape.

What can you do?

You can seek help from police as it is a criminal offence punishable in law under section 376 IPC by giving a written complaint to nearest Police Station or calling ‘100’ or ‘1091’ for immediate help.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

A case under Section 376 IPC can be registered and culprit apprehended. Your identity will be kept a secret and all possible assistance and medical help will be given by Crises Intervention Centres.

How can the Police help you?

The police is equipped and trained to keep the emotional sanctity of a rape victim. Social and psychological support is kept in mind by the police while providing help to rape victims. Police will investigate and prosecute the guilty.

 

5. Sexual Harassment in public, private, or the workplace

Are you being subjected to unwelcome sexual gestures or behaviour?  Are you being subjected to sexually coloured remarks, physical contact and advances, shown pornography, or are sexual favours being demanded of you?  If you have answered yes to any of these, you are a victim of sexual harassment

What can you do?

  • Say no to such harassment. It will not stop on its own. File a written complaint in Anti-sexual harassment committee of your office and report to police.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

  • Section 294 of the IPC makes it punishable to make obscene acts and songs in public place.
  • Section 354 of the IPC makes it an offence to assault or use criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty.
  • Section 509 of the IPC makes it an offence to utter any word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
  • The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 makes it punishable to represent woman in derogatory way.

How can the Police help you?

  • The police can take legal action as per law
  • An FIR can be registered against the offender(s) on the basis of your complaint or Sexual Harassment Committee of your office/organisation and culprits can be arrested and prosecuted.

6. Stalking

Is someone in persistently/regularly following you, harassing you, calling, messaging, standing outside your office or home, sending gifts or packages to you, taking photographs of you, or intimidating you in any way.

If you have answered yes to any of the above, you are a victim of Stalking

What can you do?

  • You can report it and have it dealt with by police.

The Law can help you fight for your rights

  • Immediately contact the police-PCR van, Policeman at any beat box, or any police officer in uniform
  • Action against stalker can be taken under section 91/93 & 97 of D.P.Act

How can the Police help you?

  • Call Anti Stalking helpline 011-27894455 or 100 immediately, and also at e-mail: CLOAKING .
  • Lodge a complaint at your local Police Station, giving a description of the stalker, if possible.

 

7. Obscene Calls

Are you receiving calls on your land-line or cell phone which are threatening, abusive?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, you are a victim of Obscene Calls

What can you do?

You can report it and have it dealt with through Police intervention.

How can the Police help you?

Call and/or report on the Delhi Police Anti-Obscene Call Helpline 1096 & 27894455 and also at e-mail: CLOAKING .  You can also forward objectionable SMS/MMS on 9911135446.