GSCW holds first Lok Adalat
With an aim to provide quick resolution to family-related and matrimonial disputes, the Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) held its first Lok Adalat on Saturday.
There were seven matters placed before it of which two cases of domestic violence and cheating were settled.
The Lok Adalat chaired by sitting Judge Dvijple Patkar is organized in association with the North Goa Legal Services Authority (NGLSA). The two members are S Prabhugaonkar and Jyoti P Gaonkar.
GSCW Chairperson Ezilda Sapeco said the disputes which may otherwise turn into several visits to the courts will be expedited here. The next sitting will be decided after consulting the NGLSA, she said.
It is learnt that the nod for its functioning was granted in January but it was delayed because of the model code of conduct for the state assembly election.
The women’s commission, in another initiative, recently started free legal services for women deprived of property rights, decision-making rights, and those made to work without proper remuneration or are tangled in marital disputes.
The Commission, a quasi-judicial body has been handling several thousand cases of atrocities against women. [H]