843 Cases, Trivandrum tops in Domestic Violence

Kozhikode comes second in the list with 495 cases registered through 7 SPCs in the district. Kollam with 327, Wayanad with 247 and Ernakulam with 211 follows.

The Capital city seems to be ranked number one in the state for the number of domestic violence cases reported in 2011-2012. Data with the Kerala State Social Welfare Board gives Trivandrum this abominable honour. 843 cases of domestic violence including that of dowry harassment were registered in the city under the Domestic Violence Act 2005. Out of these, only 361 cases reached the court. The remaining was resolved through counselling provided at the centres.

In Kerala, a total of 3288 cases have been registered through 75 Service Providing Centres (SPC) of the Kerala State Social Welfare Board functioning in the State. This data includes only the cases which had come to the SPCs and not cases in which victims had approached lawyers privately or lodged complaints directly with the police. 1851 cases were settled through counselling and 343 were settled in courts.

Kozhikode comes second in the list with 495 cases registered through 7 SPCs in the district. Kollam with 327, Wayanad with 247 and Ernakulam with 211 follows.

Across the state, a common trend observed is that cases are mostly settled through counselling rather than through courts. In Idukki, 80 out of the 96 cases registered were settled through counselling. Similarly in Kozhikode, 192 cases were resolved through counselling. But Thrissur is an exception in this. Here of the 189 cases only 40 were solved via counselling.

Overall domestic violence in India is widespread and predominantly among the female community. According to the statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau, a crime against a woman is committed every 3 minutes, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes and a case of cruelty by husband every 9 minutes.

Though domestic violence against women is predominant. Domestic violence cases also include cases of violence against men too. Most of these cases due to the emotional and psychological reasons go unregistered. So there is a general tendency to associate cases of domestic violence with women alone. The Statistics of an NGO, Save Indian Family Foundation shows that around 1.2 lakh harassed husbands have committed suicide in the country in the last 4 years.

Domestic Violence Act of 2005 provides effective protection to women in India. But does not give equal consideration to men. With Thiruvananthapuram leading the race in the State, adequate measures should be taken by the authorities to curtail domestic violence issues soon.

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