Official arrested under India's new domestic abuse law
INDIA: An Indian official was arrested under a new law against
domestic abuse for allegedly torturing his wife, a report said Saturday,
in the first case of enforcement of the legislation introduced this
Police arrested Joseph, an employee of the Tamil Nadu State Water
Board in southern India, for allegedly beating and then attacking his
wife, Benedict Mary, with a sharp-edged umbrella on October 25 after an
argument over money, the Press Trust of India said.
Mary, a school teacher, suffered injuries to her nose and neck and
was in hospital, the report quoted local administrator G. Umaganapathy
Sastri as saying.
India's Domestic Violence Act 2005, which came into effect on
Thursday, aims to protect women against physical, mental and verbal
abuse by husbands and live-in partners.
Violators face up to a year in prison and a fine of 20,000 rupees
NEW DELHI, Sunday, AFP