Finally India introduced a law to protect Women from domestic violence. Husband who beat, harass or abused their wife’s could be jailed and fined under new Domestic Violence Act 2005. Domestic Violence Act 2005 will recognize all forms of abuse against women in the home, including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic abuse (Dowries harassment). This is a good step by Government of India, really pleased but I want to know this domestic violence Act 2005 will also be made compulsory for Muslims family also or this law will also have exception for Muslims family? As most of Muslims family especially in villages (Husband mainly) choose to go with Sharia Family Law.
NEW DELHI: Men who beat, threaten or yell at their wives or live-in girlfriends could be jailed and fined under the country’s first law aimed at curbing domestic violence.
The new law, which came into effect Thursday, also applies to men or their families who harass wives for larger dowries. The measure aims to prevent cases in which a husband or his family kills a wife because her family did not give dowry.
The Domestic Violence Act defines abuse broadly, including verbal, physical, sexual, emotional and economic mistreatment. Violators face up to a year in prison, a fine of Rs 20,000 or both.
“We have been trying for long to protect women from domestic violence. In India, around 70 per cent of women are victims of these violent acts in one or another form,” Renuka Choudhury, the Minister of State for women and child development, said.
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