Domestic Violence Act is retrospectively applicable, SC declines to interfere with Rajasthan HC verdict

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (‘DV Act’) is retrospectively applicable to provide relief to aggrieved women. The Supreme Court Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and Navin Sinha affirmed this position when it declined to interfere with an appeal against a Rajasthan High Court verdict passed in 2013.

In effect,  the DV Act can be invoked even if the alleged act of cruelty took place prior to the coming into force of the Act . . .

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