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Tirath further elaborated on the legislative initiatives taken by the Government to address violence against women making special reference to the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005; Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace, 2013 which has just got passed by both Houses of the Parliament to ensure a safe environment for women at work places, both in public and private sectors whether organized or unorganized; and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 which came into force on November 14, 2012.
Though the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act included within its ambit women living in a relationship in the nature of marriage, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that the phrase " in the nature of marriage" could not be used by women in all sorts of live- in relationships to seek protection under the 2005 Act.
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Bill, 2005 having been passed by the Lok Sabha on 24th August, 2005 and by the Rajya Sabha on 29th August, 2005 received the assent of the President of India on 13th September, 2005 and came on the statute book as the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (43 of 2005).
Addressing the third National Conference on the implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act here President Patil said: "The violence that women truly face both within and outside their homes is an aspect which is particularly condemnable and not tolerable as it goes against the very ethos of a civilized society.