3,582 cases of domestic violence reported in India between April-June
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New Delhi: Union minister of women and child development Smriti Irani submitted in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that 2,878 cases of domestic violence were provided with legal assistance by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in the lockdown period of April to June this year.

Petitions have been filed in 452 cases and 694 cases were resolved through counselling and meditation during this period.

“As per the information received from NALSA (National Legal Services Authority) for the period from April 2020 to June 2020, legal aid and assistance have been provided in 2,878 domestic violence cases and petitions have been filed in 452 cases under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA),” Irani stated at the upper house of Parliament.

She also informed the house that the ministry had issued an advisory on March 25 to ensure that during the lockdown period, its One Stop Centres (OSCs) under One Stop Centre Scheme and Women Helplines (WHL) under the Universalisation of Women Helpline Scheme (through toll free telephonic short code 181) which support women on matters pertaining to safety, remain operational.

She also said in her written reply that the protection officers under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and ‘Dowry Prohibition Officers’ under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 were also directed to continue their services related to providing protection and support to women affected by violence during the lockdown.

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In reply to another query posted at floor of the house about anganwadi and ASHA workers, Irani said that additional incentive of Rs 1,000 per month has been paid to the Anganwadi workers in view of their significant contribution towards the COVID-19 pandemic related work.

In addition, she said that states and union territories have been asked to ensure provision of safety tools like masks and sanitizers for ASHAs and under the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, insurance scheme has been introduced for all health workers, including ASHAs.

Irani said the ministry has issued necessary directions to the states and Union territories to ensure distribution of food and nutrition support by anganwadi workers at the doorstep of the beneficiaries once in 15 days.

“This insurance scheme provides an insurance cover of 50 lakh in case of loss of life due to COVID-19 pandemic or else due to accident on account of COVID-19 related duty,” she added.

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