India: Cabinet approves bill to protect women from domestic violence Print E-mail
 Thursday June 23 2005

Cabinet approves bill to protect women from domestic violence

New Delhi, PTI
The Bill, which fills a void in the existing legal framework, seeks to provide effective protection and remedy to women against domestic violence, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said

Men will have to think twice before getting into a spat with their spouses and other close women relatives.

A comprehensive bill approved by the Union Cabinet today defines "domestic violence" in detail which will include actual abuse or the threat of abuse that is physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic.

Harassment by way of unlawful dowry demands to the woman or her relatives would also be covered under this definition of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Bill, 2005.

The Bill, which fills a void in the existing legal framework, seeks to provide effective protection and remedy to women against domestic violence, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said after the cabinet meeting here, adding that the Criminal Procedure Code did not adequately protect the women who are meted out such treatment.

The Bill seeks to cover those women who are or have been in a relationship with the abuser where both parties have lived together in a shared household and are related by consanguinity, marriage or adoption.

In addition, relationship with family members living together as a joint family are also included.

Even those women who are sisters, widows, mothers, single women or living with the abuser are entitled to legal protection under the proposed legislation, he said.