Enforcing the laws that are now in place in India and the United States alike has yet to be fully realized. It is true that the United States is far and away outpacing India in many ways when it comes to enforcing domestic violence legislation, but the legal apparatus (often referred to as the machinery in India) is in place across India. The experiences and issues faced thus far within each legal system can help guide the evolution of domestic violence legislation, the betterment of women in India and the United States, and the progression of human rights on the international front. When creating new reform efforts and law regimes, the United States and India should start by determining whether they increase access to material goods and how they will affect those of the lowest socioeconomic standing. There is no easy answer to the question of how to create and implement laws concerning domestic violence.


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© Sudershan Goel, Barbara A. Sims and Ravi Sodhi 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Supreme Court Bar AssociationNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Mars Hill CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar AssociationChandigarhIndia

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