Covid least affected state reports highest cases of domestic violence and eviction

NEW DELHI: Defying the blocking logic, the state least affected by Covid reported the highest number of cases, while the most affected was one of the states that reported the lowest incidents of domestic violence.

Uttarakhand with only 88 positive Covid cases topped the list with 144 of 727 cases of domestic violence reported during the pandemic blockade, according to statistics compiled by (NALSA). In contrast, Maharashtra with a positive 30k Covid case reported only 12 cases of domestic violence.

NALSA President Justice NV Ramana held extensive meetings with heads of state and asked them to provide urgent legal assistance to help harassed, evicted women, violating government directive and ensuring the release of inmates from crowded prisons to decongest and prevent the spread of violence. virus.

Judge Ramana, the highest-ranking judge on the Supreme Court, said: Legal Services Authorities through Para Legal Volunteers are also closing the gap between the needy and government authorities, NGOs. They are connecting people in need of food, medicine, shelter, etc., and migrant workers stranded elsewhere with relevant government authorities. In this sense, more than 90 lakh people have been cared for with their needs and thus successfully resolved their problems caused by the pandemic.

In compiling data provided by state legal services authorities, NALSA said a total of 727 cases of domestic violence were reported to Legal Services Authorities in different states/UT where legal assistance and assistance were sought. Cases reported in various states were: Uttarakhand 144, Haryana 79, Delhi 63, Chandigarh 50, Tamil Nadu 48, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh - 47 each, West Bengal 46, Odisha 37, Chhattisgarh 31, Bihar 21, Kerala 18, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram - 17 each, Maharashtra 12, Himachal Pradesh 10, Madhya Pradesh 8, Tripura 7, Rajasthan 4, Manipur 3 and Andhra Pradesh 1. Legal assistance was provided in more than 90% of cases (658 ), said.

As a bizarre coincidence, it was Uttarakhand who reported the highest number of cases related to landlord eviction by tenants despite clear direction from the Union government by India that no tenant should be asked vacating rented facilities during the difficult closing period.

NALSA said that throughout the country, it provided legal assistance to 310 tenants who attempted to be illegally evicted by landlords. Most of the cases, 201 to be precise, were in Uttarakhand, followed by West Bengal, Haryana, Karnataka, which reported 35, 34 and 12 cases, respectively.

Legal services authorities staff also assisted workers who sought legal help against employers for denying them wages during the shutdown. Of the 2,840 people who received legal assistance, the highest was in Bihar (1,018), followed by Uttarakhand (226), followed by Haryana (221), Punjab (166), Himachal Pradesh (77), and Mizoram (38).

In addition, a total of 16,391 convicts were released on parole. Madhya Pradesh released the maximum (3,577) followed by Punjab (3,479), Haryana (2,859), Uttar Pradesh (1,989), Kerala (1,128), Delhi (1,010), West Bengal (488) and Karnataka (405).