Legal protection against domestic violence in India: scope and limitations

Author(s) Ghosh, Biswajit, and Tanima Choudhuri
Title Legal protection against domestic violence in India: scope and limitations
Source Journal of Family Violence, 2011, Vol 26,   pp.319-330
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage India
Summary In this article the authors explore the legal measures, and in particular the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (PWDVA), that have been introduced to reduce domestic violence against women in India. For the study, official statistical data, secondary reports and qualitative research data from the Burdwan district of West Bengal, is examined. A number of objections have been made in India to the Act, including that it favours women and could be misused to harass male relatives. Another objection is that the Act gives legitimacy to the practice of living together and promotes a free sexual culture. Eight case studies are presented to illustrate the implementation of the Act and from these case studies certain themes are identified and analysed, such as the negative role of police and apathy of society. Recommendations are given to revise the law, in order to provide immediate protection to victims and to stop the occurrence of domestic violence. 
Keywords Domestic violence; legal rights; support; protection
Topic Domestic violence