Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005

Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is a major bill passed by Indian Parliament during UPA1 government regime (2005). The law is crucial, as the it helps in the protection of the weaker sex – women – from the violence she face in the place she live in.

Salient features of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005

  • Includes physical and mental ill-treatment.
  • Primarily meant for the protection of wife or female live-in partners.
  • Law also extends to sisters, widows or mothers.
  • Harassment in the form of dowry demands also included in this law.
  • Gives women right to secure housing.
  • Court can also issue protection orders that prevent the abuser to harass the women by acts at her workplace.
  • Act proposes appointment of protection officers and NGOs.
  • Breach of protection order is a non-bailable offense.

Criticisms of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005

  • Abused men not covered; the law is specially for women.
  • Violence against women are often perpetrated by women herself – Eg: Moter-in-law/ Daugher-in-law.
  • Verbal abuse and mental harassment are subjective terms.
Also read:  Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STI) 2013

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