Rise of violence against women in India

26 Jul 2021

Curtain Hug

Reading any news about crime against women has become nothing but a daily routine for the
people in India. If talked about the recent news, a 13-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh was raped
because she was deaf and her eyes were damaged with knifes so that she couldn’t identify her
culprits. In Uttar Pradesh, a 50-year-old lady was raped by 3 men, one of them was a priest.
These headline do nothing but scare the living out of women and force them to stay inside their
homes.
Women of India, who constitute 48% of the total population would agree that majority of them
have encountered any form of harassment or violence at least once in their time. As per the
National Crime Record Bureau(NCRB) crime data report, there was a 7.3 per cent rise in the
crimes against women in India and Uttar Pradesh was categorized as the most dangerous state
and epicenter with 14% of crime against women taking place in comparison to the other state.
The pandemic lockdown in India proved to be a bane for women as they had to face the greater
risk of domestic violence. The cases rose up to 10 years’ record. This wasn’t the case in India but
globally, with a rise of 20 per cent.
With each year passing, crimes against women are rising at an unprecedented pace. After the
Delhi gang rape case, which was hoped to be an example of for everyone, the image hasn’t
changed for nothing but worse. Even babies as young as 6 months are not spared. Sexual
harassment at workplace has increased. Delhi has infamously been tagged as the rape capital of
the country.
The indecent clothing, hanging around with boys and men, justifying domestic abuse, victim
blaming- these are some of the lame and common but major reasons for the dreadful setting of
society for our women.
Actions have to be taken on an urgent basis to stop the gender based violence against women.
The following pointers are measure that should take immediately
1. Knowledge about laws- majority of women in India are not aware about the laws when
they are required to file an FIR. The following sections need to kept in mind while
reporting and filling an FIR.
a. For workplace, the vishakaha guidelines were upheld by the supreme court of India
regarding any case of harassment at workplace
b. For acid attacks, Section 326A and Section 326B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 are
provided for the punishment, for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid and
voluntary throwing or attempting to throw acid respectively
c. For rape-section 376-Punishment for Rape; 376A-Punshment for causing death or
resulting in persistent vegetative stage of victim.; 376B- Sexual Intercourse by

Husband upon his wife during separation; 376C- Sexual Intercourse by Person in
Authority or 376D-Gang Rape
d. For pornography and cybercrimes-The Indecent Representation of Women
(Prohibition) Act, 1986, deals with obscenity and pornography and make publishing
or transmission, sale of obscene and pornographic materials as punishable offences
under various provisions- Sections 292,293,294,354,354A,354B,354C,509 of the
Indian Penal Code, 1860; Sections 66E, 67,67A, 67B of the Information Technology
Act, 2000; Section 6 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act,
1986
e. For abuse against Dowry-Section 498A for cruelty by husband or his relatives along
with demand for dowry
f. For domestic violence and Abuse-Section 12 of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005
2. Stop victim blaming- There is a need for our society to shift from the primordial
thinking of blaming the victim for the crimes against them. Because of this, women fear
of reporting the crimes which indirectly encourages the perpetrators to continue their
heinous activities. The modern age of social media has proven to be a boon for everyone
to share their stories and striking a conversation
3. Educating at the right age- children need to be taught about bad touch and good touch
from a young age. This not only helps in better understanding but also encourages
communication between the parents and the child. Schools should teach their student
about sex education. Boys need to be taught right manners and behavior at a young age.
Any form of abuse or harassment is not normal and this thought needs to be inculcated in
the young minds.
4. The judicial system and media- our legal system need to be more stringent with their
actions on such cases. It is often noticed the people who have any political affiliations or
any influence, are roaming free from the cases. These cases are need to be treated with
seriousness and with active participation of the police and perpetrators need to be
punished. The media also needs to be report such cases sensitively. Their violent style of
news delivery can sometimes be a traumatizing experience for the victim. When women
are tagged as “India’s daughter” the first thought which floats into anyone’s mind is a
rape victim.
The topic of marital rape, honor killing, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, rape,
harassment is widely discussed but less reported. Women are forced to face harassment in the
same place where goddesses are worshiped. The society needs to go through a paradigm shift in
its thinking and system to create a better place for girls and women in the world