COVID-19 Lockdown: Rise In Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Cases, Petition Filed In Delhi HC
New Delhi: A petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court pertaining to the rise in domestic violence and child abuse cases across the country during lockdown.
The petitioner has sought the HC’s intervention to ensure adoption and implementation of effective measures to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse during this period.
The petitioner, an NGO has asserted that there has been a horrific surge in domestic violence cases since the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdowns in various countries.
Helpline numbers across India received 92,000 calls in the first 11 days of lockdown relating to domestic abuse and violence, the petition stated.
The health impact of such violence particularly, intimate partner/domestic violence, on women and children is significant, it added.
Such health issues may involve injuries, serious physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems, including sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and unplanned pregnancies.
“The Delhi HC’s intervention is required in view of the fact that access to other ordinary channels such as courts, police, protection officers, friends, and relatives is now remote,” the petition added.