Every Woman In India Should Be Aware Of 10 Rights
By Advocate Balaji A Kamble / 2017-01-18
Women's rights are the fight for the idea that women should have equal rights with men. Over history, this has taken the form of gaining property rights, the women's suffrage, or the right of women to vote, reproductive rights, and the right to work for equal pay.

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Women have taken the centre-stage by gradually moving into the workforce and getting career-oriented. However, mental, physical and sexual harassment, misogyny and gender inequality continue to be a way of life for most of them. The rights available to the woman in India can be classified into two categories, namely as constitutional rights and legal rights. The constitutional rights are those which are provided in the various provisions of the Constitution. The legal rights, on the other hand, are those which are provided in the various laws of the Parliament and the State Legislatures.

1. Right to equal pay : Equal Remuneration Act (1976) provides for payment of equal remuneration to both men and women workers for same work or work of a similar nature. It also prevents discrimination on the ground of sex, against women in recruitment and service conditions.

2. Right against harassment at the workplace : Sexual Harassment of Wome at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013 , provides protection to women from sexual harassment at all workplaces both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized. A woman can hire a labour court lawyer in India and file a complaint against sexual harassment at workplace.

3. Right to anonymity : Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 , is the premier legislation for prevention of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. In other words, it prevents trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of prostitution as an organized means of living. Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 prohibits indecent representation of women through advertisements or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.

4. Rights against exploitation : Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 , is a comprehensive legislation to protect women in India from all forms of domestic violence. It also covers women who have been/are in a relationship with the abuser and are subjected to violence of any kind—physical, sexual, mental, verbal or emotional.

Women's rights are the fight for the idea that women should have equal rights with men. Over history, this has taken the form of gaining property rights, the women's suffrage, or the right of women to vote, reproductive rights, and the right to work for equal pay.

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