Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is a major bill passed by the Indian Parliament during the UPA1 government regime (2005). The law is crucial, as it helps in the protection of the weaker sex – women – from the violence, she faces in the place she lives 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 the right to secure housing.
- The court can also issue protection orders that prevent the abuser to harass the women by acts at her workplace.
- The act proposes the appointment of protection officers and NGOs.
- A breach of a protection order is a non-bailable offense.
Criticisms of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005
- Abused men not covered; this law is specifically for women.
- Violence against women is often perpetrated by women herself – Eg: Mother-in-law/ Daughter-in-law.
- Verbal abuse and mental harassment are subjective terms.