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My Research

The Indian Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 and its Implications on Intimate Partnerships outside Wedlock- A Feminist Legal Critique


The aim of my project is to critique and to research the effects and the efficacy of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 on women in intimate relationships in India from a feminist legal perspective. The position of unmarried women in intimate relationships appears to be weaker and less significant under the Act. This research will test the implications of the Act on unmarried women who experience violence based on the hypothesis that these women are less likely to receive/seek protection under this Act. Are the remedies prescribed by the Act as effective for unmarried women as they are for married women? This research project aims to examine if unmarried women are disadvantaged because of the law’s perception of them and their consequent reluctance to seek redressal.

Main Supervisor:

Dr. Reena Patel



Ann Stewart