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Ambit of Domestic Violence Act widened by SC

The Supreme Court in its landmark judgment has widened the scope of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 by making it gender-neutral. 
●    The Supreme Court ordered deletion of the words “adult male” before the word ‘person’ in Section 2(q) of the Act making it gender-neutral. 
●    The remaining part of the legislation would remain operative and was kept untouched. 
●    The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 protects women from physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse at home. 
●    The Supreme Court order paves way for prosecution of women and even non-adults for subjecting a woman relative to violence and harassment.
●    It strikes down two words from Section 2(q) of Act which deals with respondents who can be sued and prosecuted under it for harassing a married woman in her matrimonial home. 
●    It also allows a woman to seek legal action against her daughter-in-law and even her minor grandchildren for domestic violence.


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