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#LifeHacks: 8 Laws Every Indian Woman Should Know About

There is no dearth of customs and laws in this country that are not only outdated but also sexist and patriarchal. But did you know that there are laws that actually work towards the benefit of women? Here are 8 laws for Indian women that everyone should know about!

1. Women can only be stopped/ questioned/ taken to the police station in the presence of women officers


Only women officers can escort a woman in such circumstances.  If female police officers are not present, women cannot be taken away or questioned anywhere between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

2. Women can lodge complaints through emails


Delhi Police guidelines make it clear that women can lodge a complaint via email or registered post. If a woman can't go to the police station, she can send a written complaint via email or registered post.

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3. Live-in relationships are not illegal


Contrary to popular belief, live-in relationships are completely legal. In fact women even have legal rights within such a relationship. Women in live-in relationships (in the nature of marriage), are accorded protection under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. A child born of such a union also has inheritance rights.

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4. Women can’t be arrested at night


According to a Supreme Court ruling, women cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise. Even if a female police constable is present, an arrest cannot be made, without written permission from a magistrate.

5. All places of employment must have a Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee


Work places are required to convene a sexual harassment complaints committee in accordance with the Vishakha Guidelines. Female employees can sue their employers in the absence of such a committee.

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6. Sex determination is illegal


Sex determination is prohibited by the Prohibition of Sex Selection Act, which has been put in to place to check female foeticide and infanticide.

7. Maternity benefits are every woman’s right


The Maternity Benefit Act 1961 regulates employment of women during certain weeks prior to, and post delivery. It also entitles them to maternity benefits.

8. Women and men are entitled to equal pay


Working on the principle of ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’, the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 restricts discrimination on the basis of sex when it comes to salary or wage distribution.

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Published on Jan 30, 2015
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