Only men may be tried under domestic violence act: court

Mulund metropolitan court discharges woman accused of harassing her daughter-in-law

Setting a precedent, the Mulund Metropolitan Court on Tuesday ruled that a mother-in-law could not be prosecuted under the Domestic Violence Act.

The ruling came while the court was presiding over the case of 25-year-old Priyanka Lalwani who had accused her husband Vishal (31) and his mother Sheela (51) of harassing her. Saying that only a man can be prosecuted under the act, the court discharged Sheela. Mulund metropolitan magistrate M V Deshpande cited section 2 (Q) of the act – which came into effect in October 2006 – while pronouncing the order. Priyanka had filed a case against the two earlier this year.

Section 2 (Q) of the act defines the

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  1. Sir, Can I have the details of the act where it is stated that only men above of the age of 14 years can be prosecuted under sec. 12 of IPC ,Domestic violence act, sec 2(Q) and thus women are exempt to be charged ubder domestic Violence Act.
    I need the above to cite to a lower court.
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