Dear Editor, This refers to your write-up “Men’s frustration root cause of domestic violence” (March 15). Despite making fabulous achievements in every sphere of human activity, women in India have continued to suffer violence of different hues in silence. Fear of reprisal and ostracism deters many women from filing a complaint against their husbands. Enacting laws is welcome but we also need to ask ourselves why domestic violence is prevalent in India even today. Amid laws which exist in abundance, atrocities against women continue to take place. It is time to give wide publicity to the Act and make adequate budgetary allocation for its effective implementation. It is social and economic empowerment, rather than a weak law-enforcement mechanism, that will protect women better. Women harassed by their husbands has not ceased even after the passage of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. A crime is a crime and should be treated as such, whether it is committed by men or women. The law should be amended to punish those who misuse it. Vinod C. Dixit, Ahmedabad.
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