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Review & Amendment of the Legislation Relating To Wome

The Department of Women and Child Development is reviewing the following four Acts with which it is administratively concerned: with a view to make the provisions more stringent and to remove the lacunae:

  1. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition)Act, 1886.
  2. The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956
  3. The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
  4. The Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987.
The Department of WCD had entrusted the work of reviewing the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 and Immoral (Traffic) Prevention Act, 1956 to the National Law School of India, University (NLSUI), Bangalore. The reports received from the National Law School in this regard were been sent to NCW for comments.

On the basis of the comments received from NCW with regard to the amendments suggested by the National Law School of India in the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, the Department has prepared a draft Cabinet Note, which will be circulated to the concerned Ministries/ Departments after formation of the new Government. The comments of NCW with regard to the NLSUI's report on the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 have been received and the matter is under examination. In respect of the other two legislations, namely, Dowry Prohibition Act and Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act inter- ministerial consultations are being held to bring about the amendments.