• PROTECTION OF WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT,2005
The PROTECTION OF WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT, 2005 came into force from 26th October 2006. It is a very comprehensive and promising legislation that combines civil remedies with criminal procedures to ensure effective to victims.
• As per this ACT, the aggrieved can seek protection against any physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse or economic abuse.
• The aim of this Act is that, for the first time it recognizes a women’s right to a violence-free home.
• The affected woman cannot be evicted from the shared household and if evicted can seek immediate relief.
• Seek a protection order
• Monetary Compensation
• Residency order
• Custody order
• Free legal service
• Medical aid and counseling with the help of the protection officer or service provider.
• The Act envisages the appointment of domestic violence protection officers by the state government in every district.
HOW AN AGGRIEVED WOMAN EMPLOYEE CAN FILE A COMPLAINT?
The aggrieved woman employee can file the complaint in writing about sexual harassment at the workplace firstly to the internal committee / Local committee within three months.
In VISHAKA AND OTHERS V. STATE OF RAJASTHAN (AIR 1997 SC 3011)
The court held “to give certain directions regarding the sexual harassment that women face at the workplace”.
IMPORTANT LAWS AND PROVISIONS FOR WOMEN
• THE FACTORIES (AMENDMENT) ACT,1986 • INDECENT REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN(PROHIBITION) ACT, 19