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Domestic Violence Act

If you are a woman , then you should definitely know these acts that safeguard you physically , emotionally and socially .

Well you might be wondering if u r abused??Ya right .. I fell most women just take in these abuses without even opposing .. may be at busstops or may be in Pubs .. I have heard many shrug away saying “Ditch it da”

You can have a look about the what “acts” are considered as abuse in this blog by Aparna . I think every person would have watched these discrimination in his own house , be it agaisnt his mom or his sis .. People should treat their spouses in “equal” .. only then these disparities will cease .

Higlights of this act ..

1> Applies to people in live-in also

Harassment by way of unlawful dowry demands on the woman or her relatives also comes under this definition.

# The law will cover those women who are or have been in a relationship where both parties have lived together in a shared household , and are related by marriage or adoption.

# Preventing one’s wife from taking up a job or forcing her to leave job are also under the purview of the Act

# One of the most important features of the Act is that it also provides a woman a right to reside in the matrimonial and shared household, whether or not she has any title in the household.

# Husbands or live-in partners who would be guilty of domestic violence can be put behind bars for a year and fined Rs 20,000

# And all crimes in the Domestic Violence Act are non-bailable

The Act has also defined Physical Violence very comprehensively, as:
* Any kind of bodily harm or injury
* A threat of bodily harm
* Beating, slapping and hitting.

Under the law, Sexual Violence will include:
* Forced sexual encounter
* Forcing a woman to look at pornography or any obscene pictures
* Any act of sexual nature to abuse, humiliate or degrade a woman’s’

The Act defines Verbal Violence as:
# Name calling
# Any kind of accusation on a woman’s character or conduct
# Insults for not bringing dowry
# Preventing a woman from marrying a person of her choice
# Any form of threat or insults for not producing a male child.

Another significant step has been to recognize Economic Violence. Under the Act, Economic Violence is:
# Not providing money, food, clothes, medicines
# Causing hindrance to employment opportunities
# Forcing a woman to vacate her house
# Not paying rent.

I think if u r a woman and married and in 40’s u would definitely have encountered one of these “violences” against u 😦


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