Every Indian Woman must know about these Indian laws
This is a list of some of the laws every indian Woman should know, especially married women.
- Husbands do not have the right to oppose the divorce petition filed by their wives, whereas the wives can oppose the divorce petition filed by the husbands. All the property of the husband that he currently owns and his ancestral property (inherited or inheritable) will be divided between the husband and the wife.
- Whatever money, jewelry etc. is given to a bride in her marriage by both her parents as well as the groom’s parents is legally her property. It is legally known as Streedhan
- Arrest or Search of women should only take place in presence of Women Police Officers and it should not take place in night. And women should be detained separately from men
- Adultery in India is a criminal offence. Section 497 of the IPC criminalizes adultery. It makes it an offence for a man to have sex with a married woman, and if caught and convicted, he can be jailed for up to 5 years. The wife is not held liable in this case. Moreover, a married man who has sex with an unmarried woman is also not liable in any way – his marital status is of no consequence!
- Live in relationships are not illegal and any two consenting adults have the freedom to live together without marriage if they wish to. Domestic violence act too takes this relationship into consideration and a woman can get relief under the act even if she is not legally wedded to the man
- Children born out of live in relationships have a right to inherit their parent’s property.
Also, children born to mistresses (illegitimate children, no offence, just for the sake of explaining) too inherit their father’s property and can claim maintenance.
- A man can file for divorce if his wife withholds sex for a long time. The cause can be put under “mental cruelty” and the court will consider it a valid cause for seeking divorce.
- You may not know about this. But Pre-marital sex is not illegal in India as long as the girl’s age is more than 16. Madras High court judgement says Couples who have premarital sex to be considered married.
- Marital rape is not considered an offence in India. Despite amendments, law commissions and new legislations, one of the most humiliating and debilitating acts is not an offence in India.
- Last but definitely not the least: Indian Penal Code 498A, is a criminal law (not a civil law) i.e Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine. The offence is Cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable
Source: Quora and Quorans