Violence Against Women – Causes and Remedies
Dr.Kirandeep Kaur, Professor & Mr.Lakhwinder Singh, Department of Education & C.S and
Mrs. Kavita Mittal, Lecturer, Akal College of Education Mastuana Sahib Sangrur
There is hardly anything to celebrate for women in India on International Women's Day, where instances of gender discrimination and Violence are only increasing day by day. Experts say that things cannot improve much unless there is substantial progress on socio-economic empowerment of women. On International Women’s Day, Indian women have every right to call for a halt — to violence, to intimidation, to threats, to insults that are so quickly becoming the norm. There is so many bad news that overshadows even the positive developments taking place in many corners of India. Violence against women in India isn’t just a current issue, but rather has deep seated traditional roots in the culture. In India, the problem of violence against women is a result of a long standing power imbalance between men and women. Women in India are subject to all forms of violence like Female infanticide, discrimination within the household, lack of opportunity to work, honor killings, women as property, rape, molestation, etc. According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau 2007, a total of 1,85,312 incidents of crime against women (both under Indian Penal Code-IPC and Special and Local Laws-SLL) were reported in the country during 2007 as compared to 1,64,765 during 2006, thus recording an increase of 12.5% during 2007. These crimes have continuously increased during 2003-2007 with 1,40,601 cases in 2003, 1,54,333 cases in 2004, 1,55,553 in 2005, 1,64,765 cases in 2006 and 1,85,312 cases in 2007. When women protest against their exploitation, many try to silence them. During the Fourth World Conference on women held in Beijing in September 1995, the United Nations Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, said that Violence against women is a universal problem that must be universally condemned. The United Nations has termed Violence against women as a gross violation of human rights. In India, a survey showed that for each incidence of violence, women lost an average of 7 working days. Media that includes television, radio and newspapers can play a positive role in creating awareness about the pitfalls of Violence against women. Mass media’s power should not be undermined by our policy makers. Development of Indian society can not be imagined unless the female part is respected, heard and given their due share.