• Petitioned Government of India Ministry of Finance

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Government of India Ministry of Finance

Increase Budgetary Allocation for the PWDVA

    1. Petition by

      PWDVA Advocacy and Action Group

Almost two out of five (37%) ever-married women in India have experienced spousal violence. It is prevalent in every State, in all socio-economic and cultural populations.

2. Domestic violence is a severe violation of the most fundamental human rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Various studies have also highlighted the economic, health and social consequences of this form of violence; as long as it prevails India cannot claim to be fully developing, or progressing in gaining equality and peace.

3. The cycle of domestic violence is self-sustaining; women whose mothers were beaten by their fathers are twice as likely to experience violence when they marry. Similarly, research has found that men who witness domestic violence as children are more likely to be physically and sexually abusive towards their wives.

4. Domestic violence was recognized as a criminal offence in 1983 in India. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act became effective in 2005. However, many women are unaware of the Act’s existence, too few resources are allocated for infrastructure and adequate numbers of Protection Officers, and a lack of training hinders those in charge of its implementation.

5. The National Commission for Women (NCW) and a committee with representatives from civil society this year finalised a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), to ensure the effective implementation of PWDVA, estimating an annual budgetary requirement of 1158 crores per year.

6. This CSS is mentioned in the Draft Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012–2017) Document, however only a meager outlay of Rs.450 crores has been proposed for this Scheme. Not only is this amount grossly inadequate and far short of the estimated 1158 crores per year, the XIIth Plan Document is silent on the launch of the scheme in the coming financial year or its budgetary provisions.

7. In this current climate where we are finally seeing mass protests at the lack of protection for women, the overall budget for the Ministry of Women and Child Development has been slashed by 2,000 crores. It is therefore of utmost importance that we show the Government that we demand realistic budgetary allocations for the support and security of women in India.

To:
Government of India Ministry of Finance
Increase Budgetary Allocation for the PWDVA

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anjali Raju INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      A woman and child must have a choice and right to live a life free of abuse and violence.

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      • about 1 year ago

      It is Important that women live in a world without fear

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      • about 1 year ago

      since 30 years our organization-Sakhi Kendra has been striving for ensuring women human rights through continuous movements, programs and our endeavors at 4 levels. we are committed for effective and proper implementation of Acts, Policies and Laws concerned with women issues.

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    • Manvika Sharma NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because its rampant and women are unaware of their own rights as an individual...They suffer it everyday and in time of helplessness feel completely lost. Its high time they must be aware of the violation of their basic human right and stand firm not withstanding all this idiocracy of our society!!

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    • NAZIA HASSAN DELHI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I feel that domestic violence is most widespread and historically has been a non-recognized issue. However with the coming up of the PWDV Act the issue has been nationally being recognized as a human rights violation that needs to be curbed through collective efforts. In this direction I feel budgetary allocation by the state is immensely important.

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