Domestic Violence Protection Alliance, a coalition of 25 human rights organisations, has urged
the Chief Justice to operate online magistrate courts to record domestic violence cases during the
lockdown period.

The organisations also requested the Inspector General of Police to ask police stations to record
general diary or first information report against domestic violence which is on the rise due to
stay-home situation.

They made the requests at an online discussion held recently and they had emailed it to the Chief
Justice and the IGP, said a release issued by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, one of the
25 members of the alliance.

The rights organisations said that those who were subjected to domestic violence during the
lockdown could not go to the police stations to file complaints.
They said that BRAC in a study found that domestic violence were on the rise during the
lockdown started on March 25.

The organisations recommended virtual hearings and litigation on digital platforms as a priority.
They asked the First Class Magistrate Court or any other appropriate court with jurisdiction to
take cognizance of and try domestic violence case so that the affected could file complaints
including GDs and FIRs on the proposed digital platform seeking protections.

They also asked the IGP to deploy two policemen including one female police officer in each
police station and one police officer in each outpost round the clock to prevent violence against
women and children and increase the duration of shelter service in victim support centers.
The organisations include Ain o Salish Kendra, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers
Association, BRAC, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, CARE, WE CAN, Naripakkha, GIZ ,
Young Women’s Chiristian Association of Bangladesh and Acid Survival Foundation.

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CIDV urges protecting women against domestic violence by letting them file cases online

Tribune desk, May 8th, 2020

At present, lower courts are operating in limited capacity during
the lockdown and cannot focus on protection orders against
domestic violence

The Citizen’s Initiative against Domestic Violence (CIDV) has noticed that due to
the lockdown, victims of domestic violence are not able to go to police stations to
file GDs and FIRs, or go to the courts to file complaint cases.


In a press release published by CIDV on April 30, the coalition made a plea to the
chief justice to take necessary steps so that courts can take domestic violence
cases into account and victims can file GDs and FIRs online.


At present, lower courts are operating in limited capacity during the lockdown and
cannot focus on protection orders against domestic violence.

The coalition appeals that the first class magistrate court or any other competent
court with jurisdiction, take cognizance of and try domestic violence cases, so that
victims can file complaints on the proposed digital platform to initiate virtual
hearings and case disposals.

Moreover, the coalition urges the chief justice to instruct the relevant court to
issue protection orders, residence orders, compensation orders, and safe custody
orders for victims on an emergency basis under the Domestic Violence
(Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010.

The alliance also said the inspector general of police should deploy two
policemen, including one female police officer at each police station, and one
police officer at each outpost, round the clock, to prevent violence against women
and children. They also asked for an increase in the duration of shelter services
at victim support centers.

The alliance is appealing to the government to take initiative to file complaints,
including filing GDs and FIRs online, at the police station.

The recommendations were raised in an online view-exchange meeting on April
28, organized by the CIDV Coalition.

Hotline numbers for a few organizations working against domestic violence:
Acid Survivors Foundation – 01713010461
Ain o Shalish Kendra (ASK) – 01724415677, 01730450756, 01714025067
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) – 0175220220
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) – 01711800401,
01711800406, 01711800405, 01711800408
WE CAN – 01717582261, 01794626647
National Helpline Centre for Violence against Women and Children – 109

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