DOMESTIC ‘A culture is best defined by the manner in which the women are treated’-said some great human. But are the women around the globe being treated right? Look around yourself and you’ll find a woman being abused either you’ll see it on the news or you’ll see it in front of your eye but you’ll not interfere because obviously it is their personal matter and the woman herself is not revolting.
When the whole world is suffering through COVID-19 and have isolated themselves, women have been exposed to more and more abuses. Domestic violence cases have witnessed 50% rise within these 4 months and these stats are only from the reported cases, there are many cases which haven’t even been reported yet.
There are plenty of statistics on the rising violence against women within her family:
• 1 in 3 women worldwide experience DOMESTIC physical and/or sexual abuse from their intimate partners or nonpartners (WHO 2017).
• As per the National Family Health Survey IV (2015-16) 31% of ever-married women have experienced spousal abuse. 27.3% of women are married before the age of 18.
The whole world is accustomed to the word domestic violence but why is it still prevailing? It is because it is not happening DOMESTIC to us but what about the humanity that is being ripped off inside the four walls of a house and nobody is hearing the cries of the woman asking for mercy.
Now if the world doesn’t help the women have to come up and revolt and become ATMANIRBHAR (self-dependent).
LAWS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA SECTION 498 OF IPC: Under this section harassment by husband or his family for dowry is considered to be a crime. The harassment can either be mental or physical. DOMESTIC This section has a wide scope and also covers any sort of damage done to the woman which forces her to commit suicide or risk to life, limb, and overall injury.
PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT 2005: This act is meant to provide protection to the wife or female live-in partner from domestic violence at the hands of the husband or male live-in partner or his relatives, the law also extends its protection to women living in a household such as sisters, widows or mothers. Domestic violence under the act includes DOMESTIC actual abuse or the threat of abuse whether 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. Marital rapes have not been considered as violence, yet this act covers forceful intercourse by the husband.
HINDU SUCCESSION ACT: Equal rights and shares to women on a succession of the ancestral properties have been included in this DOMESTIC action after its amendment in 2005. They must be granted equal shares as their brothers.
THE EQUAL REMUNERATION ACT 1976: Under this act, there shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex when it comes to the payment of the employees. It also prohibits discrimination on the basis of DOMESTIC sex during the appointment, promotion, transfer, etc.
SECTION 125 OF IPC: Under this act, a husband requires to maintain his wife if he has sufficient means to do so. This obligation continues even after divorce.