Understanding Rape Culture in Mumbai: A Comprehensive Overview

  • Nidhi Sachin Dolas
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  • Nidhi Sachin Dolas, Mehal Laxman Mangela and Mildred Stanislaus Lopes

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, India

  • Mehal Laxman Mangela

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, India

  • Mildred Stanislaus Lopes

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, India

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This research paper provides an extensive exploration of rape culture within the context of Mumbai, India. Rape culture represents a pervasive societal phenomenon in which sexual violence is ingrained and sustained through the normalization of attitudes, behaviors, and institutional frameworks. As a diverse and dynamic metropolis, Mumbai presents a complex backdrop for this analysis, encompassing multifaceted cultural, historical, and socio-economic factors. This comprehensive overview begins by defining rape culture and scrutinizing its various facets within the city. It delves into the root causes, including deeply entrenched gender inequality, patriarchal norms, and the absence of comprehensive sex education. One notable aspect of this study is the inclusion of a survey conducted to gauge public perceptions and experiences related to rape culture in Mumbai. This survey provides valuable insights into residents' perspectives and helps inform the research findings. The study also investigates the role of media, both traditional and digital, in shaping perceptions of sexual violence and influencing public discourse. It explores the effectiveness of legal frameworks and law enforcement in addressing sexual assault cases, exposing the challenges and gaps that impede justice for survivors. Furthermore, the research examines the contributions of grassroots movements, NGOs, and community initiatives in combating rape culture in Mumbai. It underscores the significance of collaborative efforts in challenging and reshaping deeply ingrained attitudes. Lastly, this paper recommends policy interventions, educational initiatives, and awareness campaigns to eradicate rape culture in Mumbai and foster a safer and more equitable society. By shedding light on the complexities of addressing this issue in an urban setting, this research contributes to a broader understanding of rape culture in a global context.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 1951 - 1966

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.116342

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