Victims of Domestic Violence in India: Do They Have Rights?



Domestic violence is an international problem and its prevalence in India is no exception. When India passed its Constitution on January 26, 1950, it granted equality to women and insisted that states adopt affirmative measures to protect women from discrimination. Despite these constitutional guarantees, women are subjected to various forms of abuse and exploitation. When the women’s movement emerged in the 1980s, public awareness of domestic violence began to increase, but progress has been slow because of the deep-rooted cultural beliefs that the role of women in domestic arena is secondary to men and that domestic violence is a family matter. A recent law, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2005), was hailed as a landmark legislation providing civil remedies to women. This chapter provides a historical overview of legislation protecting women from abuse, including the emergence of informal women’s courts to handle domestic violence cases.


Domestic Violence Female Genital Mutilation Criminal Procedure Child Marriage Section 498a 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice SciencesIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyUniversity of MadrasChennaiIndia

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