India Diaspora
US students in Delhi to study domestic violence act
Mar 5, 2007 - 6:51:04 PM

New Delhi, March 5 - A group of American students, who came to know about a campaign run by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the Indian capital, are camping here to study the implementation of India's Domestic Violence Act in more detail.

The campaign, called Parivartan, was launched by police two years back for the betterment of women by educating them through street plays, counselling and puppetry shows.

Amrita Dirghangi, Maraika Collins, Kellie Sellman and Michelle Lagrotta, all students of law at Loyola University, Chicago, came here last week to study and draw comparisons between relevant laws of the US and India.

They are planning to meet victims, legal experts and representatives of NGOs working on the issue during the next two weeks.

On Monday, they were briefed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police - Sagar Preet Hooda, who made a presentation and held discussions with them.

The official informed them that after the launch of the campaign, crime against women has fallen sharply and they are feeling more safe and confident.

He added that the number of women constables has been raised and the campaign now runs in each of the nine police districts of the capital.

Hooda briefed the students about the procedure generally adopted by police in cases filed under the 'Protection of Women from Domestic violence Act, 2005'.

The students, who seemed excited about the initiative of Delhi Police, also made specific suggestions on the basis of the implementation of a similar law in the US.

'Violence against women in India is not the same as that in the US because of cultural differences. We have more stringent laws for the violators,' Dirghangi told IANS.

'In our country, a violence-hit woman or girl is generally counselled by the Church and police help them to find resources,' she added.

The students also inquired about the aid given to victims of domestic violence.

'Though we are more advanced and ahead, our country is still struggling to fight against violence -,' Sellman said.

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