At present, lower courts are operating in limited capacity during the lockdown and cannot focus on protection orders against domestic violence
The Citizen’s Initiative against Domestic Violence (CIDV) has noticed that due to the lockdown, victims of domestic violence are not able to go to police stations to file GDs and FIRs, or go to the courts to file complaint cases.
In a press release published by CIDV on April 30, the coalition made a plea to the chief justice to take necessary steps so that courts can take domestic violence cases into account and victims can file GDs and FIRs online.
At present, lower courts are operating in limited capacity during the lockdown and cannot focus on protection orders against domestic violence.
The coalition appeals that the first class magistrate court or any other competent court with jurisdiction, take cognizance of and try domestic violence cases, so that victims can file complaints on the proposed digital platform to initiate virtual hearings and case disposals.
Moreover, the coalition urges the chief justice to instruct the relevant court to issue protection orders, residence orders, compensation orders, and safe custody orders for victims on an emergency basis under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010.
The alliance also said the inspector general of police should deploy two policemen, including one female police officer at each police station, and one police officer at each outpost, round the clock, to prevent violence against women and children. They also asked for an increase in the duration of shelter services at victim support centers.
The alliance is appealing to the government to take initiative to file complaints, including filing GDs and FIRs online, at the police station.
The recommendations were raised in an online view-exchange meeting on April 28, organized by the CIDV Coalition.
Hotline numbers for a few organizations working against domestic violence:
Acid Survivors Foundation – 01713010461
Ain o Shalish Kendra (ASK) - 01724415677, 01730450756, 01714025067
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) - 0175220220
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) - 01711800401, 01711800406, 01711800405, 01711800408
WE CAN - 01717582261, 01794626647
National Helpline Centre for Violence against Women and Children - 109