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Delhi High Court asks Central and AAP Government to observe domestic violence during lockdown and Submit report

A plea was filed by All India Human Rights Counsel of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice regarding the increasing Domestic Violence and Child abuse that arose amid of the pandemic on India.The Counsel appeared
for All India Human Rights Counsel of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice,Mithu Jain and Arjun Jayal asked the court to take in consideration the emerge of Domestic Violence.This is an NGO that works for justice and liberty who pointed out the fact there were only seventeen officers appointed for the protection in Delhi.The NGO claimed that there was a significant rise in the number of domestic violence cases since the lockdown was implemented in India.The petition had also mentioned the tweet of UN secretary General Antonio Guterres urging all the Government to put the safety of Women while fighting the global pandemic. The matter was heard by a bench consisting of Honourable Justice J R Midha and Justice Jyothi Singh.The court heard the matter via Video Conferencing on April 18th 2020.

However the Counsel appeared for Central Government that this matter was already considered by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and said they are already being taken care.

The Delhi Government represented by Delhi Government additional standing counsel Sanjay Ghose and advocate Urvi Mohan stated that a helpline that is available 24 hours is set up for the women and many shelter homes for women had been set up already and also said that there were enough facilities available for the victims.

During the hearing,the Delhi Commission for women had informed the Honourable Delhi High Court that there are already enough measures to protect the victims of domestic Violence and Child abuse. Considering the matter,the Court issues notice to both Central and State government to take this matter with grave importance and implement measures to protect them during lockdown. The court also issued notice to National Women Commission and Delhi Women Commission asking their response.The court will hear the matter on 24th April 2020 The Advocate appeared for All India Human Rights Counsel of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice Advocate Mithu Jain asked the court publish the contact numbers of Protection officers and also to issue travel passes for them.She also suggested the Honourable High Court to make ways for those who are not ready to open up freely about the abuses they have suffered like a silent line operation.