Hello friend, I wish to speak a little on a heavy topic, that is,
Crime against Women in India." It is definitely not a pleasant topic.
However, I will try to present some important points.
Crime against women is any kind of violence or mistreatment of
girls, young married women or old aged women. Women are protected by
the law against any crime. But in practice, many women face violence at
home, at public places, at office or while traveling. Women face
harassment, molestation, rape, kidnapping, dowry deaths, forced
abortion, sterilization and torture.
Back ground and reasons :
Traditionally, in our great epics and RigVeda, women have been
depicted as the mother nature, mother Earth, Goddess of money and
prosperity and so on. There occurred some political, social changes
enslaving women to men. Since ages women had suffered some push back
in terms of social standing. Due to their tenderness, men often help a
strong grip on them showing their strength. Due to their social,
economic, educational and working status, women had been dependent on
Some statistics :
Unfortunately, the number of reports of violence against women are
increasing year by year. One united nations organization report states
that about two thirds of
married women face the violence and crime. Other international reports
say about four tenths of women face domestic violence. The average
crime rate is about 20 or more per 1 lakh of population. It is more in
cities and in more educated states. To top it all, the capital New Delhi
is among the worst in violating women.
What has the government done ?
The Indian government has done a lot in terms of legislation for
safeguarding the interests of women. A dozen acts have so far been
passed since independence and IPC 354 and 509 are to protect them.
National commission for women, national policy (2001) for empowerment of
women, National mission for empowerment of women (2010), policy for
reservation etc. have been introduced. A lot of publicity and education
about the bad impacts of violence has taken place. Now even in
villages many women are aware of their rights and are taking care of
themselves well. There are many voluntary organizations for upliftment
of women, which help women come out of violence of any kind.
Towards the future :
Women are like center of masses of families. Development of women
is in fact, the development of societies. This has been realized by
many. Perhaps forced prostitution and molestation are still
prevailing. However, as years progress, the situation is likely to
change. As Indians are educated more, their wisdom levels are
bettering. Hence, in the next generation, perhaps a decade or two
later, we will see a much happier woman in our society and at home.
As we are told, only when a woman walks alone in the night on roads
safely, then only we can say Indians have gained full independence.
is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of
women." -- Kofi Annan.
We must respect and treat women equally well at home. The children
will grow with an ideal mind set. Only by that in future, our society
can ever regain the same prestige as written in Vedas or epics.