India Today

THE LEGAL JOURNEY

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1965

Women not to be terminated from service upon marriage (Bombay Labour Union vs. Internatio­nal Franchise Pvt Ltd)

1971

Right to abort between 20th and 24th week of pregnancy, if foetal developmen­t is abnormal or likely to harm mother

1986

Equal right of share for daughter in parents’ property among Christians

1990

The Supreme Court ruled even “a woman of easy virtue” is entitled to privacy and no one can invade it

1991

Women exempted from sharing personal details (conception history, menstrual cycle) with prospectiv­e employers. LIC had such a column.

1994

Prenatal sex determinat­ion banned to stop female foeticide; 2003 amendment enforces law

1997

SC issues the Vishaka Guidelines to prevent sexual harassment of women at workplace. Also, adult women entitled to marry and live with anyone of choice.

2005

Domestic Violence Act goes beyond Section 498(a) of IPC, 1983, in arming women against abuse even in live-in relationsh­ips

2015

Husband to bear expenses of a divorced wife and children

2017

Triple talaq unconstitu­tional; prostituti­on decriminal­ised; transgende­rs to be treated as a separate gender category; same-sex marriage and relationsh­ips decriminal­ised

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