Gender based violence against women in India and Human Rights


  The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (DEVAW) defines it as: Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (DEVAW, Article 1)The overwhelming majority of women who work in the informal sector are totally denied any kind of maternity entitlements and get no breaks for breastfeeding their children. Both men and women are victims of violence. However, women suffer both from the same sorts of violence as men, as well other forms of violence that happen only or mostly to women, because they are women. Violence is using or threatening force, causing injury. It may be physical, emotional or mental and is caused by a person (or people) against others. It results in pain, injury, humiliation and/or degradation. Violence against women is any act of violence that is committed against a woman or girl simply because she was born female. These acts are likely to result in physical, sexual or emotional suffering to the women. Violence includes threats as well as use of force. Violence against women cuts across all cultures and traditions, across class, ethnic, and religious barriers. In fact one thing that is universal is acts of violence against women! Muslim, Christian and Animist men have been known to abuse their wives and daughters or sons. Violence against women often takes place privately, within the household, as well as publicly. Violence against women is usually worse in situations where women have little or no power against the abuser.


Shri Ved Pathak Madhukar Ranchandra



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