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As we all know that Domestic Violence Act protects women against violence but now even men will be protected by Domestic Violence Act.

A Pune court has passed an order, that has established that any man who is assisting the aggrieved woman can also be given protection.

 Judicial magistrate first class Vinay V Muglikar of the Pune cantonment court has restrained a man from communicating with or visiting the wife, her father and her brother after she complained of physical harassment by the husband.

 Hemlata Pawar (name changed), head cashier at a nationalised bank, married Vijay (name changed) on June 29, 2009. “It was an arranged marriage. We were told that he is a contractor for Pune Municipal Corporation, but later I got to know that he was unemployed. Immediately after marriage, he and his parents started saying that the articles given to them by my parents during our wedding were of inferior quality,” Hemlata said.

 Meanwhile, Hemlata got a job at the bank. Vijay allowed her to work on the condition that she gives Rs 10,000 for household expenses, to which she agreed, she said. In June 2010, when she was pregnant, Vijay got suspicious and started doing domestic violence and beat her up. “Since then, he abused me and sometimes even hit me,” Hemlata said.

 She then moved back to her parents’ house. “He then started troubling my father, a retired PWD employee, and brother, who is an engineer. He used to visit my brother’s office and abuse him,” she said.

 During Hemlata’s ninth month of pregnancy, “Vijay came to our place and told me to return home. I refused, and my father backed my decision. He then tried to strangulate my father. He even threatened us that he would harm me and my child. On July 30, 2011, we registered a complaint with the police under the Domestic Violence Act,” she said. However, Vijay allegedly manhandled her on her way to work on October 14, 2011. Hemlata also filed an application in the court seeking interim relief and requesting that Vijay and his parents be restrained from contacting her and her relatives at home or at work or even trying to meet them. The application was filed through her lawyer advocate Rajendra Anbhule.

Vijay denied the allegations in court and demanded that Hemlata’s application be rejected. He stated that he was not in Pune on October 14, 2011, and had gone to attend a relative’s last rites. He alleged that Hemlata was arrogant and misbehaved with him and his parents. After hearing both sides, the magistrate restrained Vijay and his parents to communicate with Pawar and further restrained them from visiting her residence or office. The court also restrained them from communicating with her father and brother.

 “If Vijay or his parents violate the order, they are liable to one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000,” said Anbhule.

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