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Why is there a silence around gender based violence

Violence against women is not a new phenomenon; it has been around for centuries. Why is it that we, as a society, have not been able to curb it?

Here are some of our reasons:

-As a society, we have resisted calling this violence a heinous crime against women. Instead we see it as a social aberration on part of some men.

-There are not enough laws to curb this violence.

-Implementation of existing laws by the police and the judiciary is sporadic or non- existent.

-There is a complicity of various institutions of society like the media, police, courts etc in perpetuating a system which sanctions violence on women.

-Women themselves do not articulate their fears and press charges against those who harass or harm them

-Because family members inflict most of the violence that women face, it is not possible for the woman to speak about it openly. One is taught since childhood to protect one's family honour and to do nothing to harm the family's reputation.


-For all of these reasons, women generally don't talk about the violence that they are facing and therefore giving the silence that surrounds this issue, it becomes difficult to initiate change.


Given the silence that persists around violenece against women, it's not surprising that statistics indicate a very high level of such violence across all sectors, social circles and cultural backgrounds. Let's learn more about how prevelant violence against women is.

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