DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT UPHELD IN DELHI HIGH COURT

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition challenging constitutionality of the Domestic Violence Act.

Hearing a petition calling for the Act to be held ultra vires, a division bench headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen and PK Bhasin, ordered the petitioner to approach the single bench for further hearing.

Moving the Delhi High Court to quash a case, petitioner AP Singh submitted before the court the unconstitutionality of the Act providing only women with protection.

Appearing for him, P Sureshan called it violative of the Article 14 of the Constitution of India. Article 14 is fountain head of equality, yet according to him adding, "an intelligible differentia desn't appear to have been found for the object".

However, the court didn't agree with the opinion. The order mentioned, "the argument is wholly devoid of any merit.

"We don't rule out the possibility of a man becoming the victim of domestic violence, but such cases would be few and far between, thus not requiring the protection from the Parliament".

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