Pardeep Singh Bali
The Legislative Assembly on Wednesday was informed that the number of female patients at Psychiatric Hospital had increased ‘drastically’.
The PDP legislator Ajum Fazili during the question hour informed the Legislative Assembly that the increase was due to the rise in the domestic violence cases across the state.
“We have seen that the flow of women patients at Govt Psychiatric Hospital Srinagar was more than compared to males,” she said. In reply to the question, Minister for Social Welfare, Sajjad Lone told the speaker that government will find out the reasons behind the rise in the number of women patients .
In her question, the PDP legislator asked the government whether it had any plan to provide shelters or homes to the victims of the domestic violence in the state. Responding to her question, Sajjad Lone said that the government had already kept a provision for shelter/ homes for the victims of domestic violence under J&K Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.
“The government has already kept a provision for shelter homes for the victims of domestic violence in pursuance of the J&K Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act,2010 and rules thereof,” he said. Lone informed the house that there were 12 Nari-Niketans functioning in the state that are providing various facilities to the destitute women across the state.
“There are 12 Nari-Niketans existing in the state providing free boarding, lodging, education, health care facilities etc to female orphans and all other destitute women across the state,” he said.
Meanwhile Anjum Fazili in her supplementary question informed the house that the victims of domestic women were going through trauma and require immediate counselling.
“I met few of the ladies at SMHS who were admitted in the burn ward and they were hesitant in revealing the truth. They are fearing the consequences of revealing truth to the government or police as the victims are not even allowed by their parents to live with them. They require counselling so that they can have the confidence to live with dignity,” she said.
In reply, Lone said that it required multi-dimensional approach which will cover all the aspects related to the rehabilitation of the victims of domestic violence. “The establishment of shelters is basically a multi-dimensional approach as it will cover the homes, medical facilities and psychological counselling,” he said. Anjum Fazili said whether the government had any proposal for establishment these shelters at district level. In reply, lone said that the shelters will be a one stop centres for all these victims.