Laws That Protect Women

Women-Specific Legislation

  1. The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956
  2. The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 (28 of 1961) (Amended in 1986)
  3. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986
  4. The Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987 (3 of 1988)
  5. Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
  6. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
  7. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013

 

Women-Related Legislation

  1. The Indian Penal Code,1860
  2. The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  3. The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 (15 of 1872)
  4. The Married Women’s Property Act, 1874 (3 of 1874)
  5. The Guardians and Wards Act,1890
  6. The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923
  7. The Trade Unions Act 1926
  8. The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 (19 of 1929)
  9. The Payments of Wages Act, 1936
  10. The Payments of Wages (Procedure) Act, 1937
  11. The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937
  12. Employers Liabilities Act 1938
  13. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948
  14. The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948
  15. The Factories Act, 1948
  16. The Minimum Wages Act, 1950
  17. The Plantation Labour Act, 1951 (amended by Acts Nos. 42 of 1953, 34 of 1960, 53 of 1961, 58 of 1981 and 61 of 1986)
  18. The Cinematograph Act, 1952
  19. The Mines Act 1952
  20. The Special Marriage Act, 1954
  21. The Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955
  22. The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (28 of 1989)
  23. The Hindu Adoptions & Maintenance Act, 1956
  24. The Hindu Minority & Guardianship Act, 1956
  25. The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 [including the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005]
  26. The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (53 of 1961)
  27. The Beedi & Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966
  28. The Foreign Marriage Act, 1969 (33 of 1969)
  29. The Indian Divorce Act, 1969 (4 of 1969)
  30. The Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970
  31. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (34 of 1971)
  32. Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  33. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976
  34. The Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1979
  35. The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979
  36. The Family Courts Act, 1984
  37. The Muslim women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986
  38. Mental Health Act, 1987
  39. National Commission for Women Act, 1990 (20 of 1990)
  40. The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 [As amended by the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2006 – No. 43 of 2006]
  41. Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000
  42. The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986
  43. The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994
  44. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006

 

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