Speaking of Injustice: Women and Domestic Violence Law in India
Nigam Shalu, Speaking of Injustice: Women and Domestic Violence Law in India, South Asia Journal, February 2020
6 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2020
Date Written: February 16, 2020
On February 5, 2020, a news report appeared which reads, “Man beheads wife, walks to police station with severed head for 3 kms” in Uttar Pradesh Barabanki district. On February 15, 2020, another news item reported “Woman found hanging in UP, Family alleges dowry death”, also, on February 4, 2020 in “Odisha: A woman battles for life after in-laws set her on fire over no dowry” says another news item. On January 23, 2020, a “newly wed woman killed for dowry in D’nal”. There are many more of such news items which appear on daily basis and depict the manner in which war is being waged on women within homes. Frequently, domestic violence is trivialized and normalized and is being dismissed as minor altercations or trivial disputes by the society, police and courts while disbelieving women as victims and survivors of violence. This work reflects that there is a need for greater introspection to 'make homes safe’ for women.
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Women, Law, Unsafe Homes, Dowry, Police, Court
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