While the rape and murder of a seven year old has brought the public to the streets, the law and order situation has been far from perfect in the past.
New data from the National Health and Family Survey records marital rape even as Indian law has yet to criminalise it.
The last year was cathartic, but also traumatic, with plenty to offer for both hope and dejection.
A 2011 poll had found Pakistan to be among the three most dangerous countries for women.
Are CCTV cameras really the best way to keep schools sexual assault-free?
The matter was listed before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar which during the brief hearing noted the concern raised by the NGOs, RIT Foundation and the All India Democratic Women’s Association.
The convergence of real-life and online activism can help victims of sexual and gender-based violence find creative approaches to telling their stories, including through writing, poetry, dance and music.
The precise number of children bornas a result of sexual violence perpetrated by ISIS fighters is difficult to establish, but in March 2016 it was estimated that there were 31,000 pregnant women living within the caliphate.
The report finds that between 2002 and 2015, Section 67 was the highest used Section in the IT Act after Section 66.
The proposal for a DNA database has triggered opposition from staffers and member states who provide troops for UN peacekeeping operations. The objection is largely on grounds of privacy protection.
Although the number of Latin American countries that have national policies to protect women has increased, high rates of violence against women persist.
Attacks on women are common to developed and developing countries. Despite attempts to cover them up, they are a daily reality for many women and girls around the world.
Women and girls must be brought as equals into everything that concerns them, and solutions must be planned to end violence with those who have been previously dismissed, sidelined or excluded.
In an emotionally charged environment, suspicion is normalised, everything takes a political turn and even an unintended mistake by an otherwise well-meaning teacher is turned into a scandal.
Victims of Sexual Assault Continue to Face Humiliation at Hands of Police, Medical Professionals, Finds Study
Despite reforms, rape survivors face several roadblocks to justice and support services from officials unwilling to register complaints to problems accessing healthcare, counselling and legal aid.
The public display of names has already served a very important purpose of sending a warning to teachers who are likely to abuse their power to target students.
A critical mass is growing that proves how much goes wrong when people can act with impunity in a culture of silence.
Women have decided that they will no longer be silent, they will reclaim spaces and own their voices, and most importantly they will stand with each other in camaraderie.
The chief proctor allegedly told students to “keep quiet” until the prime minister’s two-day visit to Varanasi, beginning the day of the protest, was over.
“The entire crass sequence actually is reflective of a degenerative mindset of the youth breeding denigrating relationships mired in drugs, alcohol, casual sexual escapades and a promiscuous and voyeuristic world.”
Recent amendments to the rape laws have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape. An abortion is an essential element of such care.
The written submissions on behalf of the petitioners have relied on the recent landmark Supreme Court right to privacy judgement and the NALSA verdict, among others.
“To punish a rape victim by making her marry the perpetrator of a horrible crime against her – there is no place in today’s world for such hideous laws.”
Happy Akhter of Magura, Lippi Akhter of Moulvibazar and Rikta of Patuakhali districts are among six women employees of a refueling station in Narayanganj.
A PhD researcher interviewed more than 100 convicted rapists to understand the roots of endemic male violence against women and children – and then went to find the victim of one.
The discussion of legalising abortions needs to go further than just preventing child pregnancies – it needs to challenge the deep rooted ideas of sexual violence and impunity to perpetrators.
Sexual violence is increasingly becoming a tactic of terrorism in conflict areas; approximately one in five refugees or displaced women have experienced some form of sexual violence.
A rape survivor deserves justice no matter who the accused is – something the media and the ruling party seem to conveniently ignore.
Six of the Kashmiri women who were allegedly gang raped by Indian soldiers in 1991 have died, the remaining 17 survivors still await justice.
The media has the power to influence the mindset of how an incident of rape is perceived through the manner in which stories are constructed. It has a responsibility to use that power well.
The petition may or may not change the state of human rights in Chhattisgarh but it will certainly crank open the gates for more women to seek relief for crimes committed against them.
Of the seven cases that were filed after the 2013 riots, two are yet to go to trial while no convictions have been made in the others.
It is possible to trace the links between patriarchy, violence, gender roles and the state further into the past. It’s also possible to trace the ongoing resistance to these by some women.
The standard of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ is incorrectly applied due to the prevalence of rape myths – prejudicial, stereotyped or false beliefs about rape, rape victims and rape perpetrators.
There is a misconception that the NCRB data completely captures all occurrences of rape, while ignoring the fact that there may be under-reporting (by victims) or under-recording (by the police) of instances of sexual violence.
Women and girls who risk sexual violence as they flee their home countries are getting contraceptive injections as a precautionary measure
Women make special efforts to avoid assaults like decide home routes or place to sit on public transport; use sunglasses or headphones to ignore sexual comments or illicit gestures.
Pink tries to convey an important message about sexual violence, but for those familiar with the discourse, it fails to make a mark.
Though NCRB statistics show slight drops in the number of rapes and crimes against women, activists say these numbers don’t hold much significance.
Focussing on the violation of bodily integrity and sexual autonomy was the rationale behind the expansion of the definition of rape beyond penile-vaginal penetration.