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State women leaders attending one-day seminar on women''s rights on IWD at IMC Hall, DImapur on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR/NEW DELHI, MAR 8 (NPN/IANS):
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Published on 9 Mar. 2011 1:26 AM IST
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Nagaland state legal services authority (NSLSA) organized a state level seminar on Women’s Rights and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 on Monday at IMC Hall, Dimapur.
Speaking on the occasion, Nagaland State Women Commission chairperson Sano Vamuzo maintained that domestic violence, apart from other forms of violence against women, was accorded special attention as it was the most prevalent but least reported form of “cruel behavior” against women. She said Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 extensively covered the most important areas of women’s requirements and thanked the legal fraternity for bringing about various laws for the rights and safety of women. She also expressed the hope that amendments to the Act could be accommodated where the need came up.
Touching upon the Naga context, the NSWC chairperson claimed that Naga women were “puzzled” as to why 33% reservation, a bill already passed in the Assembly, was yet to be implemented in the state. She asserted that denial of women’s right could also be called a serious violence against women. Opining that Naga women possessed a rare quality of “enduring nature” of hiding from others what went on inside their homes, Sano however said that times have changed and people cannot remain silent spectators when women suffer at the hands of their men folks. “We do not say or think that men are naturally violent, but the rise in violence against women must have increased due to complexity of modern lifestyle,” she said.
She further said women looked up to the legal fraternity not only for framing of laws but also on the implementing part.
Research and advocacy officer Pranav Raina and legal officer Liyi Marli Noshi from Lawyers Collective New Delhi who were instrumental in getting Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act passed by the Parliament were the resource persons of the seminar at Dimapur. They discussed at length about the Act, such as, why a separate law on domestic violence was required; who can complain and against whom; kinds of abuse; provisions for relief; procedure under the Act; role of protectors, service providers, police etc. Key features of the Act were also apprised to participants of the programme by the resource persons. The Act, intended to protect women (mothers, daughters, sisters, widows, relations through adoption etc), recognizes women’s right to live free from violence; ensures effective access to justice etc.
Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is a blend of both civil and criminal laws, involving two processes—civil orders passed by magistrate on application, and arrest (imprisonment and/or fine) of perpetrator on breach of civil orders.
Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) president Abei-u Meru and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NHWD) president Hukheli Wotsa also delivered short speeches at the programme and strongly advocated against violence against women, particularly in Nagaland. They voiced their concern over rise in domestic violence related cases in the state and called upon people in all fronts for joint efforts to eliminate such atrocities. Meru also expressed dismay that authorities were yet to apprehend the accused of January 3 rape in Phek district.
Meanwhile, NWHD leader suggested that seminars on elimination of violence against women be organized for GBs, DBs, leaders of apex civil bodies, students’ organizations etc, to create awareness and also to change the mindset of the people that they would acknowledge the need to end suppression of women.

 
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