Centre directs states to implement Domestic Violence Act 2005

New Delhi: In an attempt to provide immediate protection and relief to women falling prey to domestic violence, Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Thursday penned down a letter to all Chief Ministers directing them to ensure that the provisions of the ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005’ is effectively implemented.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi

In the letter, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi urged the states to appoint sufficient number of Protection Officers (POs) with independent charge of the Act and make their details available in the public domain.

“It has come to my notice that in most states, Officers of other departments are given this responsibility as an additional charge. Considering the practical situation of how feasible it is for a woman to come out of her home to register a complaint, it is important that we appoint more POs,” the letter reads.

The Union Minister also requested that a separate budget be allocated for the smooth functioning of the POs.

“Every woman has the right to lead a life free from violence. I urge you to personally initiate action to prevent violence against women and ensure the protection of the rights of women through effective implementation of the Act,” Gandhi added.

The minister has further directed to translate Form IV of the Act in local languages.