Reckoning 16yrs Journey Of Protection Of Women From Domestic Violence Act, 2005- With Special Emphasis On The Covid Lockdown Situation
Manika Singh, Research Scholar, Christ (Deemed to be University), Delhi-NCR
The Corona virus pandemic has really shaken the world but what in a major sense it has shaken is the confidence of woman. With rising number of cases of people affected with this disease, the number of women suffering from domestic violence is also rising. With such shocking data available, it becomes imperative to analyze the lacunae in the existing legislations and schemes of programs in place. In 2005, India took a progressive step by abiding to the CEDAW guidelines and initiating the formation of the Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act which specifically dealt with this issue. Before this, women could only find some kind of resort under Section 498-A of Indian Penal Code, 1960. Sixteen years of this novel legislation but still the sufferings of women are unending. The main reason for this constant agony is lack of legislative and governmental assistances and above all misinterpretation of these. The need of the hour is to make this law strong and bring continuous amendments to cope up with the dynamic environment. The following paper deals with the lacunae in the existing law and the necessity to revisit the law and make appropriate changes.
Keywords: Corona virus, Domestic Violence, IPC, Women, Amendments.