6 Legal Rights Women Should Know

Today, when women are at the forefront in all fields, it becomes essential that they are aware of their legal rights and fight against any injustice

6 Legal Rights Women Should Know

RIGHT AGAINST HARASSMENT AT WORK

Any woman who is facing sexual harassment at work can file a complaint against sexual harassment under the enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.

RIGHT TO ANONYMITY

Victims of sexual assault have a right to anonymity. The victim may record her statement alone before the district magistrate when the case is under trial or in the presence of a female police officer to ensure that her privacy is protected.

RIGHT TO FREE LEGAL AID

All female rape victims have the right to free legal aid, under the Legal Services Authorities Act. It is mandatory for the Station House Officer (SHO) to inform the Legal Services Authority, who will arrange for the lawyer.

RIGHT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The act primarily aims to protect a wife, a female live-in partner or a woman living in a household with a mother or a sister from domestic violence at the hands of a husband, male live-in partner or relatives. She or anybody on her behalf can file a complaint.

RIGHT AGAINST FEMALE FOETICIDE

It is a duty imposed on every citizen of India to allow a woman to experience the most basic of all rights — the right to life. The Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (PCPNDT) ensures her right against female foeticide.

RIGHT TO PROPERTY

The Hindu Succession Act allows women and men equal share in the inheritance, thereby setting new rules and regulations. The act primarily aims to protect a wife, a female live-in partner or a woman living in a household with a mother or a sister from domestic violence at the hands of a husband, male live-in partner or relatives. She or anybody on her behalf can file a complaint.

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