Domestic Violence: Ten Landmark Judgments

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Domestic Violence: Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
Ten Landmark Judgments
Name OF THE CASE:
VIJAY VERMA VS STATE N.C.T. OF DELHI & ANR.
COURT:
DELHI HIGH COURT
JUDGE:
SHIV NARAYAN DHINGRA
FACTS OF THE CASE:
The petitioner herein had filed an application under Section 12 of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act making her brother and his wife as respondents. She sought an interim order from the Court of M.M. for immediate residence rights and police protection so that she could stay at premises No. A-181, Defense Colony, Delhi, whenever she visited India. The petitioner is a permanent resident of USA and is living in USA since year 2000. She came to India on a visit on 15th July, 2008 and alleged that when she went to her parental house on 16th July, 2008, she was not allowed to enter her parental house and hence the application.
Learned MM in her order observed that in this case the petition was more in a nature of claiming right in the property. The whole dispute seemed to be property dispute between the parties and there was no ground to pass an interim order of residence. The learned ASJ upheld this contention in appeal.
JUDGMENT:
SHIV NARAYAN DHINGRA, J
"I therefore consider that the application filed by the petitioner under Section 12 of Domestic Violence Act was not at all maintainable. The petitioner had settled her separate house in America, her Passport was issued in America, she is doing job in America, and she was adult and able to take care of herself, take her own decisions. She decided to live in America after leaving her parents here. If she has any right in her father’s property, she has already filed a suit for partition. An application under Section 12 of Domestic Violence Act was nothing but a gross misuse of the Act and I consider that she was rightly denied the interim relief of residence in the property left by her father."
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