Violence Against Women

Last updated on Jun 1, 2022

In the first half of 2021, Delhi alone saw a rise of 63% in acts of violence against women. We believe that this underlines the need for legal awareness amongst women regarding their rights against violence and harassment. Watch our videos to learn more about laws preventing violence against women.

Protections Under the Domestic Violence Law in India

We spoke to Advocate Mrunalini Deshmukh about domestic violence. She is a renowned senior lawyer from Mumbai who has experience in family and matrimonial law for over two decades. We talked about the different aspects of domestic violence, the different kinds of legal protections available and how to avail them. Read more about the Domestic Violence Law in India in our explainer here

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Who can seek Protection against Domestic Violence?

Any woman can file a complaint and seek protection against domestic violence under the law, for herself and her child/children. The religion of the woman does not matter.
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What is the Time Limit to Complain against Domestic Violence?

There is no specific time limit for filing a complaint against domestic violence, but you must be able to prove that you were in a domestic relationship with the harasser at the time the violence took place.
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How can you get Immediate Protection for Domestic Violence?

To seek immediate protection from domestic violence, you should file an application with the Court with the help of a Protection Officer or a lawyer.
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What is Counseling under Domestic Violence law?

Counseling refers to the provision of professional guidance by a counselor, who will help you and your harasser settle the matter of the domestic violence you have faced, furnish a guarantee that violence will not repeat, and come up with the best possible solution to the problem of domestic violence.
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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence refers to violent or abusive behavior in a household that causes harm and may put the health and safety of a woman or any child under her custody in danger.
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What is a Shared Household ?

You live in a shared household with your harasser if you lived with the harasser, have a domestic relationship with the harasser and have/do not have a legal share in the house.
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