Congratulations on your motherhood! You are gearing up to welcome a new member in your family. You might be facing several anxious questions regarding your child’s future (his/her rights), your rights as a wife, your rights as an employee. Here is a list that will put some of your queries to ease
Rights as a female employee: There are several provisions in the legal system that supports and encourages female employees to continue with their professional endeavour post pregnancy.
Rights of your child: Maintenance of a child is the legal responsibility of the father. 'Maintenance' includes provision for food, clothing, residence, education, medical treatment and reasonable expense of marriage in the case of a daughter. Every child whether legitimate or illegitimate, a son or a daughter has the following rights:
Rights as a mother: While deciding on the issue of custody of a child in cases of separation, the court keeps into account the 'best interest and welfare’ of the child. Under Hindu Minority and Guardianship (HMG) Act and under Section 26 of Hindu Marriage Act, custody of a minor who has not completed the age of five years shall ordinarily be with the mother.The parentwho is not in custody of the child is given rights to visit. The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (PNDT) ensures your right against female foeticide.
Rights as a wife: A legal tip for those facing physical abuse: Immediately after the incidence of physical abuse, get your medical test done and contact the nearest CAW cell.Laws in India with respect to women have evolved over the years and are being continuously amended to help and protect women from all forms of atrocities. Awareness about the below mentioned rights will enable you to confidently face the rough days in your marriage. As a wife, you are entitled to the following:
The above list is not exhaustive and there are several other legislations enacted by our law makers to provide a safe, decent and dignified standard of living to every woman in India.
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