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RRT Case No. 1301911

31 July 2013 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law

India: 1. Are there recent reports of women being extorted and harmed as a result of dowry disputes in Punjab? 2. If so, what level of state protection is available to women facing this kind of violence from their husbands and their husbands' families either in the Punjab or elsewhere in India? 3. Are there any barriers to the internal relocation of women who have experienced this kind of violence? 4. Please provide a map of Punjab showing Jalandhar City, Samana/ Sumana in the Patiala District, Baba Bakala in the Amritsar District and Mani Majra in Chandigarh with an indication of the distances between these places?

17 August 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide link to map or basic information about the area of Ludhiana, Punjab. 2. Please provide information about the treatment by community or family for if a Sikh woman who separates or divorces in the Ludhiana, Punjab area. Is the treatment different in poorer rural areas as opposed to urban areas? Is the treatment different if the woman suffered domestic violence? 3. If a Sikh woman refused to accept an arranged marriage, how would she be treated by her family? 4. Are there other Hindi or Punjabi speaking areas in India that a female might safely live or relocate to? 5. Deleted.

6 December 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide information about separated or divorced women (who are Punjabi Sikhs) in Punjab. In particular, please provide information about such women being driven to suicide, killed or forced to marry again in order to subsist. 2. Please provide information about domestic violence committed on Punjabi Sikh women in Punjab. 3. What government, non-government and religious services and support are there for women suffering from domestic violence in Punjab? 4. What evidence is there that women are burnt or killed by family members of ex-husbands in Punjab? 5. What information is there about Punjabi Sikh family members of divorced or separated women being shamed themselves in Punjab society? 6. What are the Punjabi laws/customs relating to wives owing debts to husbands/former husbands? 7. What are Punjabi laws that prohibit domestic violence, murder or honour killings among family members in Punjab? 8. Please provide information about the ability or willingness of police in Punjab to enforce such laws and protect women who suffer domestic violence or who might make complaints to the police that they might be murdered by their husband or husband's family members. 9. Please provide information about the ability of Punjabi Sikh women moving outside of Punjab, to live in areas other than Punjab.

3 December 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. What is the definition of domestic violence in Indian law? 2. Can men, by definition, be subjected to domestic violence, and therefore claim protection though the legal system from domestic violence? 3. What does country information indicate about the prevalence of domestic violence against men in India? 4. Is there information that raises the issue of discrimination against Indian men who have brought shame upon their wives' families? 5. What country information is available concerning false dowry cases being brought against husbands or men in India? 6. Does the information provide the motivation behind such cases: e.g. revenge, retribution, an illegal means of making money? 7. Does the information indicate that a man subjected to serious harm by his wife's family would be unable to seek redress against the perpetrators of the harm he fears through the Indian police and legal system? 8. Does country information indicate that a man who has had a false dowry case brought against him would be unable to seek redress against the perpetrators of the harm he fears through the Indian police and legal system? 9. Is there information available that people would not be able to obtain police protection if they are poor and cannot bribe police?

12 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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