Violence Against Women

This Article is written by Aayushi Bana, student of 7th Semester, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

ABSTRACT

This project/assignment is composed considering the constraints and in addition positive experiences from prior scholarly endeavours on the issue of persisting violence against women in the society. The investigation endeavours to embrace a hypothetical and observational examination to address the interrelated issues:

To start with, it tries to conceptualize the menace of violence against women throughout the world. It treats the importance of consideration and recognition of violence against women as a global crime and also a crime to the society and a crime to humanity. It treats the issue with the perspective of human rights violation of the marginalised group, i.e., women and children.

Secondly, it traces the definition of violence against women by United Nations.  It further elaborates on prevalence of intimate partner relationship and characteristics of sexual abuse and coercion.

Thirdly, it tries to dissect the effects of the violence on women’s health. It emphasis on law relating to dowry death; law relating to rape, violence and harassment of women; law relating to obscenity and indecent representation of women.

Lastly, it throws light on evaluation of Judicial Role and the ways in which Indian Judiciary helps in mitigating ways to curb the menace of violence and crime against women.

INTRODUCTION-

Crime is one of the most unsolved problems of human society. There isn’t any society without the problem of crime. Women all around the globe have now not only, been denied complete justice, social, economic and political, however as ‘a weaker sex’ she has been used, abused, exploited and, discarded to steer immoral, street, vagrant and destitute lifestyles until her demise. Although they represent about 1/2 the full population and have contributed and sacrificed no less than men inside the national freedom war and social development but they had been disadvantaged of their due percentage in diverse regions of sports and were subjected to inhuman and humiliating wrongs from birth to dying for no sin.

The historical Judo-Christian society appeared women as “a scorpion ever geared up to sting” and pagan Arab noticed in her the Satan’s whip. The Indian regarded females a social evil to be burnt at pyre of her husband.

Twenty years in the past, violence towards women became no longer taken into consideration and difficulty worthy of worldwide attention or situation. Victims of violence suffered in silence, with little public reputation in their plight. This began to change inside the 1980s as women’s businesses organized domestically and across the world to demand interest to the bodily, mental, and monetary abuse of females. Gradually, violence towards women has emerged and diagnosed as a legitimate human rights issue and as a considerable threat to women’s health and well-being.

Now that the international attention is focused on gender-based violence, methodologically rigorous research is needed to manual the components and implementation of powerful interventions, regulations, and prevention techniques. Until fairly these days, most people of research on violence consisted of anecdotal accounts or exploratory studies done on non representative samples of females, which include the ones attending offerings for battered women. The studies have played a critical role in bringing to mild the problems of spouse abuse, rape, trafficking, incest, and different manifestations of gender-based totally violence, it is much less beneficial for knowledge the size or characteristics of abuse among the broader population.

Violence against women is the maximum pervasive yet under recognized human rights violation within the global. It is likewise a profound fitness problem that saps females’ electricity, compromises their physical and intellectual health, and erodes their self-esteem. In addition to inflicting harm, violence will increase women’s lengthy-term risk of some of other fitness troubles, together with continual pain, bodily incapacity, drug and alcohol abuse, and depression. Women with a records of bodily or sexual abuse are also at elevated risk for unintentional pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and miscarriages. Despite the excessive prices of violence against females, social establishments in almost each society within the world legitimize, obscure, and deny abuse. The equal acts that would be punished if directed at an organization, a neighbour, or an acquaintance regularly go unchallenged while men direct them at women, in particular within the own family.

For over 3 many years, women advocacy agencies around the arena were running to draw extra interest to the bodily, psychological, and sexual abuse of women and to stimulate motion. They have supplied abused women with shelter, lobbied for felony reforms, and challenged the extensive attitudes and beliefs that assist violence in opposition to women.

Increasingly, these efforts are having results. Today, global establishments are out against gender-based totally violence. Surveys and studies are accumulating more data about the superiority and nature of abuse. More businesses, carrier providers, and coverage makers are spotting that violence in opposition to girls has serious detrimental consequences for women health and for society.

DEFINITIONS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN-

Although both men and women can be victims as well as perpetrators of violence, the traits of violence most commonly devoted towards women range in vital respects from violence normally committed against guys. Men are more likely to be killed or injured in wars or teenagers- and gang-related violence than women, and they are much more likely to be physically assaulted or killed on the street by means of a stranger. Men are also more likely to be the perpetrators of violence, irrespective of the intercourse of the victim. 

In comparison, women are more likely to be bodily assaulted or murdered through someone they recognise, regularly a family member or intimate companion. They also are at greater risk of being sexually assaulted or exploited, either in childhood, youth, or as adults. Women are prone to one of a kind forms of violence at extraordinary moments in their lives. There continues to be no universally agreed-upon terminology for referring to violence in opposition to women. Many of the most normally used phrases have extraordinary meanings in one of a kind area, and are derived from diverse theoretical perspectives and disciplines.

  • UNITED NATIONS’ DEFINITION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN-D

The term “violence against women” means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.

Accordingly, violence against women encompasses but is not limited to the following:
  1. a)  Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation;
  2. b)  Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general com- munity, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking in women and forced prostitution;
  3. c)  Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs.

Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives, female infanticide and prenatal sex selection.

  • CRIMES REALTED TO WOMEN AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE –

  1. Pre-birth– Sex-selective abortion.
  2. Infancy- Female infanticide; Neglect (health care, nutrition).
  3. Childhood- Child abuse Malnutrition FGM.
  4. Adolescence- Forced prostitution; Trafficking; Forced early marriage; Psychological abuse and Rape.
  5. Reproductive Age- Honour killing; Dowry killing; Intimate partner violence; Sexual assault by non-partner; Homicide/Femicide; Sex trafficking and Sexual harassment.
  6. Elderly: Elder/widow abuse.

THE EFFECTS OF VIOLENCE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH-

Gender-based violence is associated with severe health issues affecting both females and children, consisting of accidents, gynaecological disorders, mental fitness problems, adverse being pregnant outcomes, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Violence can have direct results for women’s fitness, and it may increase women’s hazard of future sick health.

Physical abuse is an important purpose of injury among women. Documented injuries sustained from such bodily abuse encompass contusions, concussions, lacerations, fractures, and gunshot wounds. Population-based studies indicate that 40 to 75 percent of females who are bodily abused by way of a partner record damage because of violence sooner or later in their lifestyles.

More not unusual are “practical problems”—ailments that often haven’t any identifiable cause, such as irritable bowel syndrome; gastrointestinal problems; and numerous chronic ache syndromes, together with chronic pelvic pain. Studies continually link such issues with a records of physical or sexual abuse. Women who’ve been abused also tend to experience poorer physical functioning, greater physical signs and symptoms, and extra days in mattress than THE ladies who have not been abused.

For many women, the mental consequences of abuse are even extra serious than its physical results. The enjoy of abuse often erodes women’s shallowness and places them at extra chance of a diffusion of intellectual fitness troubles, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, submit-worrying strain disorder, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Violence and sexual abuse also lie at the back of some of the maximum intractable reproductive health problems of our instances— undesirable pregnancies, HIV and different STIs, and headaches of being pregnant.

Violence at some stage in pregnancy may have extreme fitness results for girls and their children. Documented effects encompass not on time prenatal care, inadequate weight advantage, multiplied smoking and sub- stance abuse, STIs, vaginal and cervical infections, kidney infections, miscarriages and abortions, premature labour, foetal misery, and bleeding at some point of being pregnant.

LAW RELATED TO DOWRY DEATH AND DOWRY RELATED OFFENCES-

Time and again, society is recognising the need for special protection to females against crime and violence and made special provisions imparting for protecting legal guidelines. Even before the graduation of the Constitution positive criminal provisions had been found in various statutes to deal with crime towards girls. The protecting laws extended after graduation of the Constitution and the very Constitution itself provided for unique provisions in favour of females. On the basis of these Constitutional provisions numerous legislative changes were introduced and also unique laws were enacted to address crime against women.

Any attempt at mitigating the crime against females and rendering complete justice to then need to begin with an evaluation of the law relating to crime towards women. ‘Law Relating to Dowry Death and Dowry related offences’ makes a try and hints the law and polices coping with the maximum heinous crime against ladies committed in India specifically ‘bride burning’, dowry loss of life and related offences. It generally focuses on numerous provisions of law contained inside the India Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act and the Dowry Prohibition Act referring to punishment and prevention of offence of dowry demise.

LAW GOVERNING RAPE, VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT OF WOMEN-

The social motion brought on off by means of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Mathura case, caused a large alternate within the then current rape regulation. This changed into the manifestation of legislative response to fight the growing sexual offences in opposition to women. The legal provisions, both major and procedural, have been changed to prevent denial of justice to any sufferer on the grounds of mere technicalities. One of the most important thrusts of those amendments was to render the law extra powerful and help the Courts take touchy technique in rape trials. Therefore, a strive is made to analyse legal guidelines relating to rape, kidnapping and abduction, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of women such as home violence. It specializes in the constraints of the law to render full justice to sufferers of crime.

LAW REGULATING TO OBSCENITY AND INDECENT REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN –

A plethora of case laws in India has differentiated among obscenity and indecency. Consequently, all cases of indecency do not fall within the purview of the important law of obscenity as laid down in the Indian Penal Code 1860. The ever rising, indecent representation of girls in mass media and the inadequacy of the obscenity laws brought about the enactment of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986. Thus a strive is made to examine the laws relating to obscenity and indecent representation of women. The obscenity and indecency have affected the glory of women, however these offences can not be treated at par with others which include rape, abduction and the like.

EVALUATION OF JUDICIAL ROLE –

The judiciary plays major position in mitigating the rigors and the trouble of crime against women with the aid of upholding their rights and via unbiased management of justice. In latest years, the courts, specifically, the Supreme Court of India, by assuming activist function, is calling severe attempt to ameliorate the conditions of females in India.

The females’ activists have asserted that the courts aren’t impartial nor decisions are given on benefit. The Institutions of regulation do now not encourage self belief of women for sort of reasons. Men, a lot of who take a look at the women’s problem within the stereotyped manner in which society historically became conditioned to do, manage them predominantly. The judges have a duty to keep away from gender bias in their decision making process and in interpretation in the laws. They ought to prevent biased behaviour from advocates, witnesses, Courts personnel and others beneath their jurisdiction. In this bankruptcy, ‘Evaluation of the role of judiciary’, a strive has been made to assess the position of Judges in doing away with the male bias in judicial procedure.

CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS FOR PROTECTION OF WOMEN RIGHTS –

The founding father of the Indian Constitution sincerely desired to cast off gender inequality in India. Our Constitution forbids sexual discrimination and guaranties social and economic justice to women. The Constitution of India now not simplest presents equality to females however additionally empowers the state to adopt measures of superb discrimination in favour of women for neutralizing the cumulative socio-financial, educational and political dangers faced by way of them.

The founding father of the Indian Constitution really wanted to eliminate gender inequality in India. Our Constitution forbids sexual discrimination and guaranties social and economic justice to women. The Constitution of India not only grants equality to women but also empowers the state to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of women for neutralizing the cumulative socio-economic, educational and political disadvantages faced by them.

The Constitution in its preamble guarantees-

(a) socio-economic and political justice;

(b) Freedom of thought, expression, belief, faith, and worship;

(c) Equality of status and opportunity;

(d) Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and national unity to all the citizen of India without any discrimination of caste, creed or sex.

Article in the Constitution which helped the women to improve their status and to compete with their male counterpart:

  1. Article 14, the state guarantees equality before law and equal protection of its entire citizen within Indian Territory.
  2. Article 16 provides that there shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters related to employments or appointment in any office under the state. There shall be no discrimination based on religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth against any employment or office under the state.
  3. Article 21 provides that no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.
  4. Article 15(3) makes a special provision enabling the state to make affirmative discriminations in favour of women.
  5. Article 39 the state grants to all the citizen both men and women an equal work right to have adequate means of livelihood and article 39(b) states that there is equal pay for equal work for both women and men.
  6. Article 41, the state shall guarantee within its economic limits to all the citizens the right to work, education, and public assistance in certain cases.
  7. Article 42, the state make provision for just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief.
  8. Article 44, the state provides a uniform civil code to all the citizens throughout the territory the India.
  9. Article 51(c) caste fundamental duties on every citizen of India to promote harmony and the sprit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities to renounce practice derogatory to the dignity of women.

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