Women live-in partners covered by domestic violence act: MinisterDecember 15th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Women live-in partners are protected under the domestic violence act and there is no move to enact a law governing such relationships, parliament was informed Monday.“It is not that prevalent,” said Law Minister H.R. Bharadwaj, referring to live-in relationships, during question hour in the Rajya Sabha, adding: “If it is acceptable by society, then the government can make laws. Laws are made keeping in view societal trends.
“It is hypothetical to ask a question whether we are contemplating a law (to govern live-in relationships),” the minister added.
Replying to a supplementary, Bharadwaj pointed that the rights of women in live-in relationships were protected by the domestic violence act that parliament had passed about a year ago.
“I am one of the crusaders for the liberty of women. I want to enforce the law vigorously. In a live-in relationship, a lady is covered under the domestic violence act and this is adequate,” the minister maintained.
The main question asked was whether some states had passed laws governing live-in relationships and whether the central government would reject these as the concept went against Indian customs and traditions.
This evoked diametrically opposite responses from two women members.
“This is a matter of an adult consensual relationship. Why is this question being asked? Why was it allowed to be asked,” an indignant Brinda Karat (Communist Party of India-Marxist) wondered.
But Prabha Thakur of the Congress maintained: “Live-in relationships go against Indian traditions. Less than one percent of the people are in such relationships. If a law is enacted, it will only be misused.”
In response, Bharadwaj said: “Laws are made on the demands of society. As and when society is prepared (to accept live-in relationships), the (domestic violence) law can be expanded or we can make another one,”
- Live-in relationship no guarantee to alimony (Lead) - Oct 21, 2010
- Women too can be booked for domestic violence, rules court - Jun 04, 2010
- Bhopal hosts first live-in meet for elders - Feb 20, 2012
- Men need to change to stop violence against women: Meira Kumar - Sep 16, 2011
- Additional solicitor general resents use of 'keep' in ruling - Oct 22, 2010
- Happily unmarried and living in at 50 (Feature, With Images) - Dec 18, 2011
- 'Women yet to break through the glass ceiling' - Apr 23, 2012
- Muslim man told to pay maintenance to ex-wife - Jun 18, 2011
- No alimony when live-in relationships break, says Supreme Court - Oct 21, 2010
- Nagpur man aims to unite lonely elders (With images) - Feb 06, 2012
- Scope of penal provision on gay sex wide: SC - Feb 16, 2012
- India envoy raises questions about gun use in US - Aug 10, 2012
- Scope of penal provision on gay sex wide: SC (Lead) - Feb 16, 2012
- Anti-domestic violence bill introduced in Kashmir assembly - Mar 26, 2010
- Dowry, sexual harassment laws among government priorities - Jun 11, 2010
Tags: communist party of india, communist party of india marxist, customs and traditions, domestic violence act, domestic violence law, indian customs and traditions, indian traditions, law minister, rajya sabha, societal trends