Legal Awareness and Formation of Mahila Panchayat is another initiative taken for the empowerment of women. The Scheme was designed in collaboration with different NGOs. Delhi Commission for Women has promoted the setting up of Mahila Panchayats. Mahila Panchayat is an innovative collective approach for community participation in dispute redressal. Mahila Panchayat Volunteers are trained in legal issues, dispute redressal mechanism, trained in the laws relevant to a crime against women and other relevant areas. Frequent legal awareness sessions were organized to the members. Mahila Panchayat has started taking cases and resolving them at the community level. So far we have resolved approximately 400 cases through our Members. These cases pertain to Service-related, Domestic Violence, Harassment, Molestation, Cyber Crime, Conflict with Neighbours, Mentally Torture, etc.
In some cases, we had to take joint action to bring on the men concerned so as to obtain redressal for the women’s complaints.