Violence against women: Blame our prejudices, NOT the victim

Recent violence against women, such as the aggravated sexual assault on a young student in Guwahati in Assam, has deeply shocked the public conscience. Yet it’s only one small component of pervasive violence against women — the fastest rising crime among all cognisable offences registered under the Indian Penal Code.

The latest available statistics compiled by the home ministry’s National Crime Records Bureau show that between 1953 and 2011, the incidence of rape rose by 873 per cent, or three times faster than all cognisable crimes put together, and three-and-a-half times faster than murder.

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