Monday, 6 March 2017

Legal Literacy on Domestic Violence at Sancoale Free Legal Aid Cell

As the instances relating to domestic violence is rampant in the State of Goa, the Sancoale free legal aid cell marched to organise a legal literacy programme on the topic tiled ‘Domestic Violence and Protection’ on 5th of March 2017 at MES College, Vasco .

Adv. Rajiv Dhavalikar, a well-known Advocate practicing in South Goa District Court was the key note speaker. Prof. Ashwini Naik the faculty head of the legal aid cell attended the program. After according a formal welcome to the gathering, the cell student member Mr. Amrit stated about the functioning of the Legal Aid Cell. The importance behind providing free legal aid was highlighted by Prof. Ashwini.

Adv. Rajiv began the talk by posing question to the audience as to ‘what according to them is Domestic Violence’? Explained the meaning of Domestic Violence, he said that it’s a type of abuse which involves injuring someone especially a spouse or partner but it can also be a child or any other family member.

He then discussed about the pattern of violence and its serious effect which could be physical, emotional, sexual and even economic. He later explained physical abuse as the one that involves hitting, punching, choking, pushing and other type of contact which results in physical injury. Speaking about emotional abuse he said that it is something which includes threatening the victim, humiliating the victim in public, constant criticism and making statements that defames her and damages her self-esteem. He explained sexual abuse as any situation where any force is used to obtain participation in any sexual activity and lastly with regard to economic abuse he said that the abuser has control over victim’s money and other economic resources.

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