Is the attendance of the respondents i.e the husband and his other relatives necessary, unless dispensed with, on all dates of hearing as in criminal cases? Though it is no where specifically mentioned in the DV Act some courts are insisting the same and asking for filing 317 CrPC petitions in case of absence of the respondent/respondents. What I feel the initial proceedings under the DV Act are civil in nature and only after the disobedience of any order passed there in the further proceedings turn out to be criminal and in that event the court can be justified to insist upon tje presence of the respondent concerned. Please convey your ideas in this regard. Thanks with regards.