New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh has recorded the
highest number of cases filed last year under the Prevention
of Domestic Violence Act, closely followed by Delhi and
While UP registered 3,892 cases, Delhi had 3,463 and
Kerala 3,190 cases, according to a study to evaluate
implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
Some other states that have recorded a large number of
cases are Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal.
States like Chandigarh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim had some
of the least number of cases filed.
The study by the National Commission for Women and the
Lawyers Collective pointed out that in the third year of the
implementation of the law, all states had appointed
Protection Officers as compared to only two in 2007.
Maharashtra has the highest number of POs (3,892),
followed by Rajasthan (548) and Himachal Pradesh (377).
Till date, it has been reported that 17 states have made
budgetary allocations for implementation of the Act.
However, the study said, there is no systematic manner
based on which the allocations are made, and added that much
is left to the discretion of the individual state.