Course Code: KLELC 002C

The course intends to provide a brief outline of laws relating to the rights of women.

It aims toacquaint students on the various legal provisions relating to the rights of women under the Constitution and Statutory Law.

Course Outline
  • Introduction to the Course: Women and the Law (2 hrs)
  • Women Rights as Human Rights (3 hrs)



    Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • Protection of Women Rights under the Constitution (8 hrs)

    Political Rights, Economic Rights and Social Justice

    Fundamental Rights

    Equality, Right to Livelihood, Right to Live with Dignity, Right against Exploitation

    Directive Principles of State Policy

    Equal Justice and Free Legal aid

    Women’s Representation in Local Bodies

  • Law Relating to Crimes against Women: An Overview of Indian Scenario (7 hrs)

    Protection of Women under Indian Panel Code, 1860

    Indecent Representation of Women [Prohibition] Act, 1986

    Laws relating to protection of women under Domestic Violence Act, 2005

    Protection of Women in Cyberspace

  • Laws protecting Women at work place including special provisions of Labour Laws (5 hrs)

    Equal Remuneration Act, 1976

    Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

    The Sexual Harassmentof Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

  • Property Rights of Hindu Women (5 hrs)

    Ancient Hindu Law

    Modern Law

    Recent Trends

Reference Books

  • M.Bhattacharjee Hindu Law & the Constitution, Asok K.Ganguly, Eastern Law House (1994).
  • “Women, Law and Social Change in India” by Indu Prakash Singh (1989).
  • “Law relating to women and children” by Dr. Mamta Rao (2008).
  • Ratanlal and Dhirajlal “Indian Penal Code” and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986.
  • “Modern Hindu Law” by Paras Diwan (2017).