International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 8, Issue 3 (2022)

Need of the hour: A gender neutral violence act


Renu Bala

The Constitution of India being the fundamental law of the land grants the right to equality under Article-14. But, due to certain practices prevalent in Indian societies against women, it was necessary to grant some legislative protection to them against violence being perpetrated by her family members. So, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 has been enacted under the provisions of Article 15(3) which authorizes the State to make special provisions for women in addition to Section-498A in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 which has been added in the Penal Code in 1983. The sole intention behind these laws is to protect the women as from the time immoral women have been subjected to violence both inside and outside the four walls of the house. But, the present scenario reveals that women instead of using these laws as a shield taking these as a sword against husbands and in laws and thereby misusing these laws as held by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in number of cases in recent past. In a matrimonial dispute, it is not always necessary that aggrieved party is a wife. In various incidences, men are the aggrieved persons and suffering violence at the hands of wife. So, the question arises if the men are aggrieved then, where can they seek justice? Don’t they have any right to equality and justice? So the need of the hour is to have gender neutral violence Legislation.
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Renu Bala. Need of the hour: A gender neutral violence act. International Journal of Law, Volume 8, Issue 3, 2022, Pages 1-6
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