Online courts against domestic violence demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:40, May 07,2020


Domestic Violence Protection Alliance, a coalition of 25 human rights organisations, has urged the Chief Justice to operate online magistrate courts to record domestic violence cases during the lockdown period.

The organisations also requested the Inspector General of Police to ask police stations to record general diary or first information report against domestic violence which is on the rise due to stay-home situation.

They made the requests at an online discussion held recently and they had emailed it to the Chief Justice and the IGP, said a release issued by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, one of the 25 members of the alliance.

The rights organisations said that those who were subjected to domestic violence during the lockdown could not go to the police stations to file complaints.

They said that BRAC in a study found that domestic violence were on the rise during the lockdown started on March 25.

The organisations recommended virtual hearings and litigation on digital platforms as a priority.

They asked the First Class Magistrate Court or any other appropriate court with jurisdiction to take cognizance of and try domestic violence case so that the affected could file complaints including GDs and FIRs on the proposed digital platform seeking protections.

They also asked the IGP to deploy two policemen including one female police officer in each police station and one police officer in each outpost round the clock to prevent violence against women and children and increase the duration of shelter service in victim support centers.

The organisations include Ain o Salish Kendra, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association, BRAC, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, CARE, WE CAN, Naripakkha, GIZ , Young  Women's Chiristian Association of Bangladesh and Acid Survival Foundation.

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