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AIDWA welcomes Women Protection Bill

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It fulfils a long-pending demand for a civil remedy The tremendous injustice of the patriarchal system which led to women being thrown out with no shelter is sought to be addressed

NEW DELHI: The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the introduction of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Bill, 2005 as a significant step forward in providing women access to legal protection and relief from domestic violence.

The Bill fulfils a long-pending demand of AIDWA and the women's movement for a civil remedy to address this inadequately recognised yet rampant form of violence.

The AIDWA said in a statement here on Tuesday that it hoped that swift enactment and proper implementation of the Bill would arrest the rising graph of domestic violence. One of the crucial entitlements assured to women is the right to residence and not to be dispossessed from her marital home. The wife will also be entitled to ask for protection from domestic violence. The respondent may be debarred from entering the home or the workplace or prevented from harassing the wife by communicating with her.

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