Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Crimes Against Women

Police records in India show a high incidence of crimes against women. The National Crime Records Bureau reported in 1998 that by 2010 growth in the rate of crimes against women would exceed the population growth rate. Earlier, many crimes against women were not reported to police due to the social stigma attached to rape and molestation.

                1.  Acid Throwing

A Thomas Reuters Foundation survey  says that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in.Women belonging to any class, caste, creed or religion can be victims of this cruel form of violence. In India, acid attacks on women who dared to refuse a man's proposal of marriage or asked for a divorce are a form of revenge. Acid is cheap, easily available, and the quickest way to destroy a woman's life. The number of acid attacks have been rising.

             2. Child marriage
Child marriage has been traditionally prevalent in India and continues to this day. Historically, child brides would live with their parents until they reached puberty. In the past, child widows were condemned to a life of great agony, shaved heads, living in isolation, and being shunned by society. Although child marriage was outlawed in 1860, it is still a common practice.

     3. Female Infanticide and Sex-Selective abortion

In India, the male-female sex ratio is skewed dramatically in favor of males, the chief reason being the high number of females who die before reaching adulthood. Tribal societies in India have a less skewed sex ratio than other caste groups. This is in spite of the fact that tribal communities have far lower income levels, lower literacy rates, and less adequate health facilities. Many experts suggest the higher number of males in India can be attributed to female infanticides and sex-selective abortions.

           4. Rape 

Rape in India has been described by Radha Kumar  as one of India's most common crimes against women and by the UN's human-rights chief as a “national problem”.  Until 1983, the criminal law  act stated that "sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age is not rape". Marital rape is still not a criminal offence.In developed countries, a new case is reported every 20 minutes. New Delhi has the highest rate of rape-reports among Indian cities. Sources show that rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 24,206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011, although experts agree that the cases of unreported sexual cases is higher.

           Men are the main source of income of a family.They are always highly preferred than women for job opportunities.Nature does not distinguish between any gender ,why does the society? Can a woman not lead the family? Is she not equivalent to a  man?Then why do we differ? Females are considered as a weaker sex.They have no outlet for their aggression.But the society should never forget that 'It is the MOTHER who gives birth to a son.'

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