11 Laws That Protect Women And Their Rights.

  • 1. Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961-According to this act, taking or giving of dowry at the time of marriage by the bride or the bridegroom and their family is a punishable offense.
  • 2. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006- This Act penalizes the marriage of underage girls (below the age of 18). Parents trying to marry underage girls are subject to strict action under this law.
  • 3. Special Marriage Act, 1954- When people from different faiths and caste choose to get married, they do it under the Special Marriage Act.
  • 4. Indian Divorce Act, 1969- The Indian Divorce Act allows the dissolution of marriage by mutual consent, nullity of marriage, judicial separation and restitution of conjugal rights.
  • 5. Maternity Benefit Act, 1861- This Act regulates the employment of women and maternity benefits like maternity leave, nursing breaks, medical allowance, etc mandated by law
  • 6. Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971- This Act states the conditions under which a pregnancy can be ended or aborted and specifies the persons qualified to conduct the same.
  • 7. Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013- To ensure women’s safety at workplace, this Act seeks to protect them from sexual harassment at their place of work.
  • 8. Indecent Representation of Women(Prevention) Act,1986- This Act prohibits indecent representation of women through advertisement or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.
  • 9. National Commission for Women Act, 1990- The NCW represents the rights of women in India and provides a voice for their issues and concerns. It aims to improve their status and work for their economic empowerment.
  • 10.Equal Remuneration Act, 1976- This Act prevents discrimination in terms of remuneration. It provides for payment of equal recompense to men and women workers.
  • 11. Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005- This Act broadly defines the term 'domestic violence' and provides the remedies available to the aggrieved women.

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