ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2006) in Haryana

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2006 (PWDVA) was introduced after years of advocacy by women’s groups. However, over a decade since its enactment, the PWDVA is yet to see strong implementation; women continue to struggle with delays in judicial proceedings, inadequate court orders, and a lack of other mechanisms envisaged under the law.

A study conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), with support from the Ministry of Women and Child Development,1 sought to describe the experiences of women seeking justice under the PWDVA. The study attempted to understand women’s experiences with legal processes, assess the implementation of the act in terms of the stakeholder network, identify the kinds of orders women obtained in court, and analyse how they navigated the legal system and used the law to get relief.2

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