The Act has been enacted for the protection of women from domestic violence and further for protection of women from being victims of domestic violence and to prevent the occurrence of domestic violence in the society. The Act has come into effect from 17.10.2006.
Taking into consideration existing criminal and civil laws and the statute prevailing in India, it was proposed to enact a law keeping in view the rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of Constitution of India to provide a remedy for protection of women from being victims of domestic violence and to prevent the occurrence of domestic violence in the society.
Women who are married and staying with husband and his parents, sisters, brothers and are living together, sharing the household can seek remedy under the Act in the event of domestic violence. Further, even the adopted daughter, or sister or even mother can seek remedy under the act against the person who abused them.
The Act defines the expression “Domestic Violence” to include actual physical abuse, sexual, verbal emotional threat or economic harassment by way of unlawful dowry demands to the women of her relatives would also be covered under the definition.
The Act also provides for the protection of women and her rights guaranteed under the contract of marriage or under the relevant statute depending upon each case.
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