Supreme Court Widens Ambit of Domestic Violence Act

Although the earlier decisions of the Apex Court had already made the position plain, but some ambiguity had still remained due to the restrictive definition of ‘respondent’ under the PWDV Act as ‘adult male person’. The issue has been laid to rest by the recent judgment of the Apex Court, by which the words ‘adult male’ have been deleted on the grounds of not being in conformity with Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Now, the wholly unnecessary courtroom tussle over whether or not the females can be proceeded against under PWDV Act can be avoided saving a great deal of precious judicial time.

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