By Subir Ghosh
“Reported violence against Indian women is on the rise. But that’s not because of what you think. A recent study argues that this increase reflects growing willingness to report violence against women, rather than an increase in the incidence of crime. There’s a reason for this too: more women are involved in Indian politics than ever before.
The study followed data since the 73rd Amenment to the Indian Constitution that required at least one-third of all seats in local governments to be set aside for women. Since the Panchayati Raj Act, political representation for women has increased, and so has the recognition of gender-based violence. When women are in power, police are more likely to respond to claims of gender violence. Offenders are arrested, and women are safer.”