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Violence Against Women in India by Sheela Saravanan

Violence against women is partly a result of gender relations that assumes men to be superior to women. Given the subordinate status of women, much of gender violence is considered normal and enjoys social sanction. Manifestations of violence include physical … Continue reading

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Gender Violence in India : A Prajnya Report

In November 2010, Prajnya piloted a women’s safety audit in Chennai as part of the annual 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence. The audit, carried out by a group of local residents along with a small team from Prajnya, surveyed … Continue reading

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Dowry deaths in India : A Materialist Analysis by Catherine Hodge McCoid

The tragic deaths of a seventeen year old mother and her two year old daughter in Tamil Nadu both conform to the basic pattern found in many areas of India and illustrate why so few of these dowry related deaths … Continue reading

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Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence in India: Scope and Limitations by Biswajit Ghosh & Tanima Choudhuri

Abstract This paper deals with the scope and limits of legal measures to curb domestic violence against women in India. The Indian state has enacted several laws in the past to address the issue and recently a new comprehensive law … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment Prosecutions Get Short Shrift in India, Lawyer Says by Neha Thirani

The low numbers of convictions in sexual harassment and molestation cases in India has caused people to take matters into their own hands. Last week, images of the men who molested a teenage girl outside a bar in Guwahati were … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence Act: A milestone for India and Pakistan by Indira Jaising

The recently passed Domestic Violence Act in Pakistan is a classic example of the cross pollination between countries of the SAARC region and of the best of our respective laws. We often do not realize it but laws acquire a … Continue reading

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How to Raise Boys into Men Who Respect Women by Cristine Travis

Raising boys who respect women is about a lot more than opening doors and pulling out chairs. In fact, manners are just the beginning of it. Anyone can teach their child manners, but it takes a lot more effort to … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence in India , Part by Barbara Burton, Nata Duvvury, Anuradha Rajan, Nisha Varia

In 1997, ICRW began a three-year research program on domestic violence in India in partnership with researchers from a range of Indian academic and nongovernmental organizations.This report summarizes three studies: a household study by Leela Visaria that enumerates and elucidates … Continue reading

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Understanding the Menace of Dowry Deaths by Aarushi Bhatnagar

Looking no less than a beautiful princess in her designer zari lehenga and heavy gold jewellery, she stepped on the stage decorated with flowers and lightings with the background of peacocks, to get married to her prince charming, but she … Continue reading

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Boy’s attitudes shift about manhood by Gillian Gaynair

New International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) findings show that Indian boys’ views about manhood and women’s roles in society became less patriarchal and more equitable after participating in an ICRW program that aimed to shift norms about gender … Continue reading

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