A Bench of Justices U U Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat has issued notices to the Union of India, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a PIL filed by an unregistered organisation, 'We The Women of India'.
The Bench has sought their response by December 6. "As of now we will issue notice to respondents 1 to 3. We are not issuing notice to states else it will become a jamboree. We will then put the case in the basket of Central government for monitoring," the Court said.
The PIL has been filed seeking adequate infrastructure under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act across the country for providing effective legal aid to women abused in matrimonial homes and for creating shelter homes for them upon lodging of complaints against husbands and in laws.
The plea states that domestic violence continues to be the most common crime against women in India despite the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 coming into force more than 15 years back.
"As per the National Crime Records Bureau report for the year 2019, out of 4.05 lakh reported cases categorised under 'crimes against women', over 30 per cent were domestic violence cases," the plea states.
Referring to findings of the National Family Health Survey, the plea states that about 86 per cent of the women victims of domestic violence never seek help.
The PIL has made Centre, all states and Union Territories as parties in the case.
With PTI inputs