Offences against Men in the Contemporary Indian Society and The Measures to Curb them

  • Nikhil Bajpai and Vineet Panda
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  • Nikhil Bajpai

    Assistant Professor at ICFAI Law School, IFHE Hyderabad. India

  • Vineet Panda

    Student at ICFAI Law School IFHE Hyderabad, India

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Offences against men in contemporary Indian society have been a topic of increasing discussion and concern. In India, the legal framework has traditionally focused on protecting women and children from offences, often overlooking the fact that men can also be victims of crimes such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and harassment. Discussions about gender-based crimes in modern Indian society frequently overlook the experiences of men in favour of crimes against women. This paper aims to highlight the less-discussed but pertinent offences against men in India. Recent debates have highlighted the need for gender-neutral laws that give recognition to men as potential victims. This research emphasizes the need for gender-inclusive approaches in policy-making, legal reforms, and social interventions. These approaches are crucial to tackle the multifaceted challenges encountered by male victims and to advance gender equality and justice for all members of society. The conventional perception that men are perpetrators perpetuates stereotypes and gender inequalities. Men often hesitate to disclose their suffering due to societal expectations and the fear of being labelled as displaying “feminine behaviour”. Sections 354 and 375 of the IPC are analysed, emphasizing the need to create gender-neutral laws related to sexual violence in India. Offences against men in contemporary Indian society highlight the complex dynamics of gender-based violence and the need for a more inclusive approach to addressing such issues. Male victims of abuse often face unique challenges in seeking help and support due to societal expectations, stereotypes, and the perception that men should be strong and invulnerable. Furthermore, the men’s rights movement in India has raised issues regarding legal biases against men, particularly in the context of anti-dowry laws, divorce, and child custody. There is also a growing recognition of domestic violence against men, with discussions on the need for laws that protect men from intimate partner violence. The conversation around these issues is evolving, with various activists and legal experts advocating for changes that would make sexual offence laws gender-neutral and inclusive of all victims, regardless of gender. This reflects a broader shift towards acknowledging the complexities of gender-based violence and the importance of providing legal recourse for all victims. The study explores a range of offences against men, such as discrimination in society, physical and sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It sheds light on the gaps in legislation and the challenges faced in accessing justice for male victims. The research aims to foster a better understanding of these issues and pave the way for more effective responses. By offering a thorough summary of crimes against men in Indian society, this study helps in providing a better understanding of victimisation and gender dynamics in a more nuanced way. In summary, the study examines the interplay between legal structures, societal perceptions, and the treatment of male victims of offenses, emphasizing the need for improvements in legislation and access to justice.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 862 - 872


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