Q1. How can I file a petition in the Commission?
- Petitions can be submitted to the Commission on white paper, either written or typed giving the full postal addresses of the petitioner and respondents.
Q2. Is it necessary to affix court fee stamp in the petition submitted?
- There is no need for affixing court fee stamp or remitting fee for filing a petition with the Commission.
Q3. What is the number of copies of the petition to be submitted?
- Copies of the petition to be submitted depend on the number of addresses of respondents.
Q4. Is it necessary to have the legal assistance of an advocate for filing the petition?
- Service of an advocate is not entertained for filing a petition in the commission.
Q5. Can I approach the Commission for getting solution in a civil case?
- No. Petitions having a civil nature are not considered in the Commission.
Q6. Are petitions by men accepted in the Commission?
- In exceptional cases, petitions by men for family re-union are accepted in the Commission.
Q7. Is petitions not involving harassment of women or any issues related to women entertained in the Commission?
- No. Such general petitions not involving any issue of women are not entertained in the Commission.
Q8. Can I approach the Commission for getting Divorce from my husband?
- As such the Kerala Women's Commission does not accept any petition for divorce. But in some rare cases, it may be necessary for the wife to get relief from her husband through divorce; in such cases Commission may suggest them to file a case for divorce in the court.
Q9. Is the Commission providing legal aid to the affected women ?
- Kerala Women's Commission provides legal aid through KELSA (Kerala State Legal Services authority) in Kochi and through DLSA (District Legal Services Authority)
Q10. Is the Commission providing financial assistance for conducting DNA test to solve disputed paternity?
- Disputed paternity is quite often found in the petitions received in the Commission. In a majority of the cases, due to financial difficulties, the petitioners find it difficult to go for a DNA Test to prove their claim. The Commission conducts, at its own expense, DNA Tests in respect of petitioners below the poverty line and also for petitioners belonging to the SC & ST. With the financial assistance from the Commission, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio- technology conducts such tests for Rs. 25,000/- per test.
Q11. What are the formalities to be satisfied for conducting DNA tests at the expense of the Commission?
- The Commission conducts all DNA Tests in respect of SC & ST petitioners at its own expense devoid of any economic criteria. They only have to submit a Community Certificate from the Tahsildar proving the same. However, in the case of petitioners other than those belonging to SC & ST, they should be Below Poverty Line (BPL) and should submit a certificate from the Tahsildar stating their economic background.
Q12. Is there any provision for counseling in the Women's Commission?
- The Commission is providing the services of counselors at its office and in the course of its petition redressal activities conducted at various districts.
Q13. Is the Commission providing any financial assistance to women for starting business enterprises?
- No. The Commission does not provide such services. The Kerala State Women's Development Corporation is expected to perform such services for the needy women.
Q14. What are the functions of the Commission ?
- The Commission shall perform all or any of the following functions viz.
Q15. Is the Commission providing financial assistance to women in distress ?
- Yes, the Commission provides financial assistance to women in distress. Payments are made from the Distress Relief Fund of the Commission. The fund, which is solely maintained by donations from the public, has been constituted with the aim to provide financial assistance to women in distress. Since poor and helpless women of the society are the main beneficiaries of this fund, the public is urged to contribute generously to this fund.
Q16. Is the Commission providing shelter to women ?
- The Commission is running a Short Stay Home at Thiruvananthapuram which provides temporary shelter to women in distress who are unable to return to their homes fearing cruelty and harassment. The Commission provides temporary refuge to such women during the pendency of their cases before the Commission.