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Scope of the Problem

Violence Against Women is a global issue. It occurs in all societies,  across classes and religions. In our society, violence against women is often socially sanctioned. For example, no eyebrows are raised when a husband, father, brother, son or even female members in the natal and marital home inflict violence upon other women in the family. Rather, such behaviour is viewed as the perpetrators prerogative and abused women are left with little choice but to endure the resulting pain silently or face the unbearable social stigma and shame that is associated with speaking out. It is due to this insidious nature of violence against women, that determining the true extent of the problem remains a challenge. More often than not, there is an under-reporting owing to reluctance in revealing violence, not recognizing abuse as such and the fear of not being taken seriously or worse, ridiculed.





A 10-country study on women's health and domestic violence conducted by WHO, aptly conveys the magnitude of the problem:

    * Between 15% and 71% of women reported physical or sexual violence by a husband or partner.
    * Many women said that their first sexual experience was not consensual. (24% in rural Peru, 28% in Tanzania, 30% in rural Bangladesh, and 40% in South Africa).
    * Between 4% and 12% of women reported being physically abused during pregnancy.
    * About 5,000 women are murdered by family members in the name of honour each year worldwide.
    * Trafficking of women and girls for forced labour and sex is widespread and often affects the most vulnerable.



According to the National Crime Records Bureau's unique crime-clock', the following national statistics regarding violence against women were recorded:

    * one molestation every 15 minutes;
    * one crime against women every 3 minutes;
    * one dowry death every 77 minutes;
    * one rape every 29 minutes;
    * one sexual harassment case every 53 minutes.


In 2012, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) logged

    * 24293 cases of rape from across India.
    * 8233 women lost their lives in dowry related crimes
    * 45351 cases of outraging a woman's modesty were filed.
 

In the next section we look at the various forms of violence that persist in our society.
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