Legally, a recent advance was made in favor of the protection of women in Indian Marriage. In 2006, the president of the Indian union Abdul Kalam Azad approved the bill on domestic violence. This bill contains many texts that place the rights of woman and men on an equal level:
Rights you have in Indian Marriage:
- The man can no longer force his wife to have unwanted relationships
- Banning bigamy in Indian marriage
- Prohibition of marriage of children
- Prohibition of forced marriages
- The divorce without fault is recognized.
But of course, these innovations within the family and the traditional patterns that compose it have not delighted everyone, such as the foundation to save the Indian family.
- 14% of marriages ended in divorce, compared with only 5% in 1980
- In cities,the average age of marriage of women is included in 26 and 30 years
- 25% of city dwellers choose their partner, which was still impassable a few years ago
- 1/5 of women have a clean income in cities
Obviously, this situation is displeasing to many men who see this independence very badly. For them the woman must be accommodating, not to complain and to be devoted in spite of the sufferings. But other men consider this vision outdated, and that these new laws will allow greater equality between the rights and duties of both spouses. Attention is important to note that there is a very important gap between the conceptions of people living in cities that are more open to the role of women, whereas, in the countryside, where tradition is still deeply rooted, the woman must retain her traditional role.
Although this law is a true legal evolution for women in India, the major problem remains its application. Each year 50 million women are still victims of domestic violence in India and only 0.1% of them file complaints.
There is still a long way to go so that the good feelings, love stories, and Indian marriage in Bollywood movies become a reality for Indian women.