The Indian society is unique in its own way and stands out from the other societies, but the power within the hands of women is always under debate. Our nation is personified as a goddess but the plight of the women is a matter of disgrace. This is an attempt to throw light on some of the important rights (legal) available to women to make them legally educated.
- Not only in the rural areas but in the modern civilized areas as well, women are subjected to domestic violence. Now women can raise their voice against this odd under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2005). This legislation protects them from all forms of domestic violence covering women who have been or are in a relationship with the abuser.
- Our nation is progressing towards a more modernized society but in reality, we also carry forwarding the ill practices from the past. One such practice is dowry. Women are the victims of dowry death and cruelty and what no. Now they have with them Dowry Prohibition Act (1961) which specifically prohibits the giving or taking of dowry at or before or any time after the marriage from women.
- Giving birth to a child is the most special moment in a woman’s life. For a working woman, it is very hard to manage her work along with pregnancy. So in order to curb the problem, Maternity Benefit Act (1961) came into force. It regulates the employment of women in certain establishments for certain period before and after child-birth. It also provides for maternity benefit and certain other benefits.
- We often come to hear about the harassment women are subjected at the workplace. Earlier women were scared to raise a voice due to fear of job loss but with the coming of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act (2013), they are provided with the protection against such workplace sexual harassment.
- Many a time, the girl child is kidnapped solely for the purpose of prostitution. They were treated as a property and kept for sale in the open market. Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (1956) is the premier legislation for prevention of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
GD Goenka University