STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal on Tuesday directed Trial Courts to ensure that they evolve appropriate mechanisms to ensure that the orders of payment of maintenance are complied with despite lockdown. The court issued aforesaid direction while hearing a Suo-Moto Public Interest Litigation on domestic violence. The court observed that it shall be open for the Trial Courts to use any mode of communication including Mobile Phones; emails; landline phones and e-modes of payment to ensure that the dependents in whose favour maintenance orders have been passed, actually receive the maintenance. When the PIL came-up for hearing, the ASGI sought time to submit the report regarding the mechanism in Ladakh to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, elderly abuse, child violence and violence against transgenders. DB directed to file the same before the next date of hearing. DB further observed that the Member Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority has also not filed report in terms of para-9 of its order dated 13th May 2020 whereby Division Bench has directed the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority to continue to assist all needy people in terms of the several programmes being pursued by it. The DB directed to submit report on the issue under consideration before the next date of hearing.
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