A “Means and Includes” Definition V

The definition of ‘shared household’ in Section 2(s) of The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is an exhaustive definition. The first part begins with ‘means’, which is undoubtedly an exhaustive definition, and the second part begins with ‘includes’, which is explanatory of what was meant by the definition. The use of both the expressions ‘means’ and ‘includes’ clearly indicate the legislative intent, the definition is exhaustive and shall cover only those which fall within the purview of definition and no other.

Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan, Satish Chander Ahuja v. Sneha Ahuja, [Civil Appeal No. 2483 of 2020].