Law College Dehradun organized a National Webinar on the topic ‘Matrimonial Offences-Problems and Solutions’ on 21st July, 2020 with Mr. Jayant Bhatt as the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Bhatt is an independent lawyer and a member of the prestigious Supreme Court Bar Association. He holds dual LL.M. from New York University, USA &National University of Singapore. His office caters to varied clients comprising of Governmental & Non-Government Bodies, Multinationals, Financial Institutions and individuals in an array of matters. Mr. Bhatt, besides being a practicing Advocate, is also a prolific speaker at various platforms and is an individual with firm belief in greater societal good.
The enlightening session began with the Welcome Address delivered on behalf of the Organizing Committee of Training and Recruitment Division, Law College Dehradun. The session started with Mr. Bhatt throwing light on the topic and discussing several laws prevalent in India which deals with matrimonial disputes such as domestic violence, dowry, etc, and also solutions to the same. The problems faced by individuals, men, women and families on account of matrimonial issues and the role played by traditional courts and other mechanisms like mediation and counseling were also discussed. He discussed the types of divorce viz. contested and mutual and pointed at various common reasons behind marital separation like mistrust over partners, differences in upbringing & priorities, lack of mutual understanding and the like. At the same time, he highlighted the importance of counseling and psychiatric treatment in matrimonial matters.
The latter half of the event had the Keynote Speaker taking up doubts and queries of the audience. The audience comprised a wide diversity, including students, academicians and professionals from all over India. Queries were regarding: issues of domestic violence, position of alternate dispute resolution processes with regard to matrimonial cases, nature of adultery and bigamy, concept of irretrievable breakdown of marriage, alimony in special cases of marriage (like the Muta marriage) and the like. He also shared his opinion on judgements in leading cases, including Joseph Shine v. Union of India and Sri Bhaskar Das v. Smt. Renu Das, and enlightened the audience with his deep knowledge on the fine nuances of the subject.
The enriching session with over 300 active participants concluded with a Vote of Thanks delivered on behalf of the Organizing Committee of Training and Recruitment Division, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University.