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[23 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 14,856 views]
Domestic Violence Outlawed

Although the Domestic Violence Act mandates certain mechanisms to be put in place in order to protect the rights of women facing violence, in most states, neither have the functionaries under the Act been appointed nor have the required services been provided. Senior advocate Gayatri Singh emphasises that it is necessary to take concrete steps to  ensure that the DVA is properly implemented
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is a product of the women’s movement, and is, as the title suggests, meant to protect women from domestic …

domestic violence & the law »

[23 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 10,612 views]
Protecting the vulnerable

Shrouded under unjust criticism, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act has suffered much in the country. Advocate Maria Louis demystifies the historic legislation by detailing its finer aspects that often go unnoticed or unheeded, even by the practitioners of law
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) creates three basic rights for victims of domestic violence: to be protected from violence, to reside in a shared household, and to seek and secure monetary relief.
Lawyers should adopt a clear and holistic approach to the DV Act. For this …

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[22 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 7,103 views]
Looking Beyond

Contextualising interpretations of the Domestic Violence Act within the specific legal and social framework of India, Flavia Agnes encourages the legal community to look beyond the DVA, to link civil and criminal laws to negotiate for women’s rights
The issue of domestic violence has been with us for a long time, and has been awarded prominence within Indian feminist legal pedagogy and social activism for several decades. It is one of the main planks of the women’s movement. But during the initial phase in late 1970s and early 1980s, it was …