Women Safety in India

Women Safety in India

In this article, we will look into topic titled ‘Women Safety in India.’

 

Note- This is part of our series on Society for UPSC examination. For more articles, click here.

 

Women safety includes various dimensions like Sexual harassment at workplace, rape, marital rape, dowry, acid attack etc.  (In general question, cover all aspects)

 

India is the 4th most dangerous country in the world for woman (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo ahead of India)

 

 

Factors aggravating & affecting women safety

1. Socio-Economic-Cultural Factors

  • Institutionalisation of Patriarchal System 
  • Objectification / Commodification  of women
  • Influence of “Western culture”.

 

2. Institutional Failures

  • Poor enforcement of laws + laws have lacunae
  • Poor conviction rate in crimes against women
  • Slow criminal justice system
  • Poor gender sensitization of law enforcing agencies like police, judiciary etc.

 

3. Lack of Reporting

  • Women don’t complain due to various reasons like social stigma or fear of retaliation

 

4. Infra Gaps

  • Poorly lit urban spaces coupled with inadequate police patrolling

 

 

Note – Not only physical spaces but women is not safe in India even on Digital space (Internet) .

 

 

 

Justice Verma Committee

Formed – After the horrific event of Nirbhaya death

 

Recommendations

    • Rules out death sentence for rape convicts
    • Life Imprisonment in case of Rape means imprisonment for entire natural life of convict
    • Stalking to be viewed as serious offence
    • Law Enforcement Agencies are Gender Insensitive
    • Marital Rape should be made offence under IPC

 

 

Government schemes in this regard

1.Acts and legal measures

  • Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace Act 2013
  • Various provisions under IPC

 

2. Surakshit Nari , Sashakt Nari

Following things done under this scheme

  • Panic Button  in Mobiles 
  • 181 – Universal Women Helpline number
  • Himmat App : To raise SOS alert .
  • CCTV Surveillance cameras in trains

Etc

 

3. Sakhi-One Stop Centre Scheme

  • Will support women affected from violence
  • Will offer Medical Aid , Police Assistance, Legal Aid , Counselling and shelters

4. Transportation Schemes

  • Pink Auto initiative of  Odisha: pink autos drivers have undergone psychological testand training.
  • Delhi : Women compartment in Metro