A three member family committees has been constituted by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) in 11 districts of Delhi. The formation of these committees came at a point when the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra passed an order to re look into the guidelines issued by the court to keep a check on the abuse of Section 498 A of IPC by forming such committees.
The committees were formed in compliance of the order passed by the apex court in July, this year directing the DSLSA to constitute family welfare committee comprising of a Chairperson and two members. One or more committee was to be formed for every district.
There are 11 family welfare committees formed by the DSLSA which are now operational and are being chaired by the district and session judges who are heading their respective district legal service authority. Chairpersons of all the district except for the north-west district has been nominated and the details of the committees have been made available by the DSLSA Member Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Jain through a circular.
These committees were made with a aim of keeping a check on the abuse of section 498A by the women. On any complaint made regarding dowry death, harassment or domestic violence either before the police or magistrate, the arrest cannot be made unless the complaint has been referred to these committees. On the complaint being referred to the committee they have to submit its finding within a period of one month and based on the findings the arrest will be made; if suggested by the committee in its finding.
The Supreme Court, in July had issued a series of guidelines, including constitution of these family welfare committees, to check the misuse of Section 498A while hearing the matter of Rajesh Sharma & Ors Vs State of UP & Ors.
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