Domestic Violence against Women in India

  • Shrishti Chauhan
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  • Shrishti Chauhan

    Student at Christ (deemed to be) University, India

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Every third woman has suffered from various forms of domestic violence since the age of 15. Domestic violence has been one of the major infringements of women's human rights across India since time immemorial. Post-independence, there have been several movements against the Act of domestic violence. The term' domestic violence' has gained a wider perspective with the change in time, situation and circumstances. Domestic violence is not just physical, sexual, verbal and psychological abuse but also includes economic, personal, anthropological and human rights perspectives, which have been established through various judgements. Lack of awareness of remedies, low literacy levels, the dominance of the male gender in society, the fear of consequences of raising your voice, irresponsible and unaccountable bureaucracy, and various other causes have led to the problems of domestic violence. Statistics and various reports have shown that 37% of Indian women suffer from physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime, majorly in rural areas. The state or the Government plays an important role in tackling and providing support to women who face domestic violence in any way. As stated by the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the state shall "pursue by all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating violence against women and to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and as per national legislation, punish acts of violence against women, whether the State or by private persons perpetrate those acts". Similarly, India has enacted many legislations to curb the same. Several constitutional provisions such as Article 14 and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, including the Preamble itself, uphold women's rights.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 205 - 210


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