Legislations and Government Initiatives to safeguard women

  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
  • Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986
  • Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
  • Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006

The Government has also taken a number of initiatives for safety of women and girls, which are given below:

  • Nirbhaya Fundfor projects for the safety and security of women
  • One-Stop Centre Schemeto provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces under one roof
  • Online analytic tool for police called “Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences”to monitor and track time-bound investigation in sexual assault cases in accordance with Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2018.
  • National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO)to facilitate investigation and tracking of sexual offenders across the country by law enforcement agencies
  • In order to coordinate various initiatives for women safety, MHA has set up a Women Safety Division.

MHA has issued advisories to all State Governments/UTs, advising them to ensure thorough investigation, conducting of medical examination of rape victims without delay and for increasing gender sensitivity in Police.