High Court takes suo motu notice of lockdown impact on women

Directs courts in UTs to treat domestic abuse cases as urgent

High Court takes suo motu notice of lockdown impact on women

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 18

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today ordered that all courts in the Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh shall treat cases of domestic abuse as urgent and proceed with the matters in accordance with the circulars issued regarding the procedure to be followed to ensure social distancing.

Taking a suo motu notice of the negative impact of the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic on women and girls, a quorum, consisting of Chief Justice, Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal, today heard the case from their respective residences through video-conferencing.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court highlighted the point that globally it had been observed that the adverse social and economic consequences of the pandemic for women and girls were devastating.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court issued notices to the Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, and governments of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to submit a report with regard to the steps taken regarding domestic or any other kind of violence being faced by women on account of the implementation of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The court directed the officials concerned to examine several remedial measures taken by various countries in this regard and a view be taken with regard to the requirements and steps to be taken to mitigate the sufferings of the victims of domestic violence in the twin Union Territories.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed that a report of the measures in place, steps underway and those contemplated be placed before it before the next date.

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