BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) has undertaken a media tracking exercise to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on domestic violence, how it is being reported as well as the discussions surrounding the issue. Our previous brief focused on the availability of data on domestic violence, preventive measures in national media, digital contents on social media, media programs by domestic violence specialists and the demand for the establishment of virtual courts. The present brief tracks the media coverage of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis from the period of 10 May to 30 May 2020. This is the third output from our media tracking series of domestic violence during COVID-19. The output recommends virtual courts to start addressing domestic violence, use of on-line FIRS and virtual courts facilitated through civil society organizations, Union Parishad information centres and local government bodies for those who lack access to digital technology, and the need for orientation on digital technology by both lawyers and human rights activists, in order to access and make use of virtual courts.
Author: Mahpara, Pragyna
Type: Research Update