India domestic violence law takes effect Joe Shaulis at 1:19 PM ET
[JURIST] A new domestic violence law took effect in India [JURIST news archive] Friday, with some women's rights advocates welcoming it and others warning that the landmark legislation would not be adequately enforced. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 [text, PDF] prohibits marital rape and allows women to obtain protection and maintenance orders against husbands and partners who are emotionally, physically or economically abusive. According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development [official website], men who violate the act may be imprisoned for up to a year and fined up to 20,000 rupees (about US $440).
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