"EW DELHI, India (Reuters) -- Women in India will for the first time be given protection and compensation from abuse endured in their own homes under a new law which comes into force on Thursday.
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 will recognize all forms of abuse against women in the home, including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic abuse.
A senior official in the ministry of women and child development said the new law meant that marital rape could now be an offence. Previously, husbands could not be prosecuted for raping their wives, unless she was under 15 years old.
Officials say the new law focuses on empowering victims by giving them rights over their abuser's assets, rather than just penalizing offenders."