On October 26, 2006 India’s first act targetting domestic violence came into effect. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005-PDF is a landmark act for India and it was being taken advantage of almost immediately upon coming into force. Additionally, it is has become a hot seller in Indian retail circles.
The Times of London from October 26 has a good summary and goes into some depth describing the Act and the provisions of it, including the provisions that women can report abuse directly to judges (s.5). It also covers the criticism that the act has received from some quarters claiming that the definition of abuse is too broad and open to manipulation. Section 3(b) also specifies that any type of harassment, harm or injury with aim to coerce unlawful dowry from either the victim or any other person is also considered domestic violence.