Thursday 14 December 2023

Monetary Reliefs and Compensation orders under Domestic violence Act

 Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, monetary reliefs and compensation orders can be granted to victims of domestic violence. These provisions aim to provide financial support and assistance to women who have suffered from domestic violence. Here are some key points regarding monetary reliefs and compensation orders under the Act:

  1. S 20 of Said Act allows the Magistrate to pass orders for various monetary reliefs, for the expenses incurred or losses suffered by aggrieved person and her child due to domestic violence, not limited to:

    a. Loss of Earnings: The Magistrate may award Monetary Reliefs for any loss of earnings or financial loss suffered by the aggrieved woman as a result of the domestic violence.
    b. Medical Expenses: The Magistrate may direct the respondent to bear the medical expenses incurred by the aggrieved woman for the treatment of injuries caused by domestic violence.

c. Loss caused due to the destruction, damage or removal of any property from the control of the aggrieved person; and 

d. Maintenance: The Magistrate may order the respondent (the person accused of domestic violence) to provide monetary assistance or maintenance to the aggrieved woman and her children, if any.

S 22 of DV Act- Compensation Orders: In addition to monetary reliefs, the Act also allows the Magistrate to award compensation to the aggrieved woman for the injuries, pain, and suffering caused by the domestic violence. The compensation amount is determined based on the nature and severity of the violence.

It is important to note that the specific amount of monetary reliefs and compensation orders may vary depending on the circumstances of each case and the discretion of the Magistrate. The Act aims to provide adequate financial support and compensation to victims of domestic violence to help them recover and rebuild their lives.

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