1. Government can make provision in favor of women for ensuring just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief and ensures equal pay for equal work
  2. There are some grounds available to the wife only, both in Hindu and civil marriages
  3. A hindu wife is entitled to be maintained by her husband. If there is a decree of maintenance against the husband and the couple have been living apart for over one year, it would be a ground for the wife to seek dissolution of marriage. Here again the Muslim Personal Law has a different set of conditions for the annulment of an Islamic marriage.
  4. An abortion or miscarriage due to natural causes is not an offence. Therefore, the law does not deal with it. However, violent and forceful abortion is a crime. The punishment could even be life imprisonment.
  5. The Hindu Succession Act gives male and female heirs almost equal right to inheritance. Any property possessed by a female Hindu shall be held by her as full owner and not as a limited owner.
  6. The Child Marriage Restraint Act specifies the cut-off age for marriage as 18 years, protecting women from child marriage.
  7. For the guilty of bigamy(multiple marriages) the punishment is up to seven years imprisonment.
  8. Up to 7yrs of marriage if women commit suicide IPC can punish the suicide victim’s husband with up to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty.
  9. Law punishes individuals who have insulted the modesty of a woman. Offensive language, sounds, gestures and intrusion of a woman’s privacy are punishable, an individual who has assaulted a woman, used criminal force on her or outraged her modesty in any other way can be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Special Initiatives by Madhya Pradesh Police

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It’s special cell for quick action against complaints related to abuse phone calls. Anybody who is receiving undesired calls / SMS on her mobile can complaint directly.

Mahila Desk
It’s special cell for quick action against complaints related to abuse phone calls. Anybody who is receiving undesired calls / SMS on her mobile can complaint directly.

Mahila Thana
A Police Station dedicated for women complainants. Only lady officers are appointed to make it convenient for women to lodge a complaint. This is useful especially in cases of dowry or cases where complaint is being lodge against family members.