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.