Indian context has experienced the menace of domestic violence in the country from a very ancient period and has continuously extended its scope and magnitude, irrespective of the stringent legislative measures. The traditional pattern of patriarchal form of society had engrained the male dominance and the female subjugation in the society where silent suffering had become the routine. In Indian context, domestic violence is viewed as a private family matter and is expected to be settled at home without unnecessary external intervention. In consequence thereof the gender inequality and curtailment of women’s freedom is inevitable.
The passing of the ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.’ raised a new hope as the law is to protect a woman, with stringent provisions and along with civil relief provide her real strength. This combination of the punitive approach and the civil remedies would turn an important page in recognizing women’s human rights. Making an enactment is itself not a solution to the long-standing social evil but making it an effective instrument in the way of access to justice is the real solution.
when the law that comes in to force, it awareness in the society it is of utmost importance.
It provides services ranging from counselling, education and outreach, and awareness programms, providing campaigns for, mobilizing them for gaining self-confidence. The NGOs involved in the emancipation of women provide various services to the victim in the form of- Shelter, medical assistance, conciliation, counseling, financial or entrepreneurial assistance, legal aid and legal literacy, leading agitations and demonstration, public interest lawyering etc