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Very often, violence at home ( like domestic violence, dowry harassment, and cruelty) is accompanied by asking the woman to leave the house. The husband and husband’s family use it as a threat against the woman. But did you know that NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE YOUR MATRIMONIAL HOUSE? We explain your rights below:
Every woman has the right to live in the house which she shares with her husband/husband’s family members. No one, whether the husband or his family members, can tell a woman to leave the house or throw her out of the house. (Section 17, Domestic Violence Act)
This right is also available to women in live-in relationships, over the house which she shares with her live-in partner.
No, it does not matter. By virtue of your relationship with your husband, you have the right to live in your matrimonial house. All that matters is that you share the house with your husband/husband’s family.
No, it does not matter. All that matters is that you share the house with your husband/husband’s family.
If your husband/husband’s family has asked you to leave the matrimonial house, you can immediately go file a case of domestic violence and ask for orders to let you stay in the house. For information on how to file the case, please see Taking Action Against Violence at Home
Please note: This information has been made available to you for your benefit on an ‘as is’ basis, and is only for your information. It does not constitute legal advice and cannot substitute professional legal advice. Our disclaimer policy can be viewed here ( disclaimer policy)