This law was intended to combat trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude, and to reauthorize certain federal programs to prevent violence against immigrant women and children.It provides the similar immigrant benefits as those available to refugees, with an added path to permanent resident status.An Act to provide for more effective protection of the rights of women guaranteed under the Constitution who are victims of violence of any kind occurring within the family and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to protect women from domestic violence.
Individuals granted U visa status may adjust to legal permanent resident status three years after they are granted U visa status.
Primarily meant to provide protection to the wife or female live-in partner from domestic violence at the hands of the husband or male live-in partner or his relatives, the law also extends its protection to women living in a household such as sisters, widows or mothers.
Domestic violence under the act includes actual abuse or the threat of abuse whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic.
Violence against women has been acknowledged both nationally as well as internationally as a violation of human rights of women, something that impairs the overall development of women. The first part of the paper gives a brief history of various IPC (Indian Penal Code), Cr PC (Criminal Procedure Code) and Civil Law protections available to women against violence in India.
The second part deals with the need to have a new law on domestic violence.