Domestic violence: ‘Appoint adequate protection officers’

The Gujarat High Court Friday directed the state government to appoint adequate number of protection officers under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act within two months.

A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala gave the direction during suo-motu proceedings, which were initiated last year while acting on a news report that depicted poor infrastructure and implementation of the Act in the state.

Senior Advocate Shalin Mehta has been appointed as the amicus curiae. Advocate Hemang Shah, who is assisting Mehta, said the government had informed the court that they had only one protection officer in each city and they were being recruited on contract basis.

"This was against the statutory provisions. So the court directed the government to appoint adequate protection officers on regular basis...," Shah said.

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