Jaipur: Rajasthan High Court has ruled that
if a female relative of a husband is accused of torturing his
wife she can also be tried for offences under the Domestic
The court`s ruling came on a writ petition filed by
Kanees Faatima alleging that she has been booked for causing
domestic violence against her relative Sagir Bano under the
Act whose objective was to book only males for the offences.
A division bench of Justice N K Jain and Justice R S
Rathore has ruled that the correct legal position regarding
the interpretation of the various provisions of the Domestic
Violence Act is to bring to book all those who commit
atrocities on women at home, including matrimonial home, as no
one can be spared merely on the ground that the accused under
the Act is a female.
The petition was referred to the division bench following
split opinions of the two single judge benches of High Court.