The Rising Violence against women in India

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Ashish Acharya
4. term, Global Refugee Studies, Master (Master Programme)
India is generally described as a country achieving social and economic developments despite its cultural diversity. Over the last decade there are significant political, social and economic developments made in India but it also seemed that gender based violence against women also increased during the same time. According WHO 2005 violence against women is a serious public health concern and human rights issue, NCRB 2011 reports there has been 900 percent increased in gender violence thus this study aims is to explore and understand the phenomenon of gender violence India, based on available secondary sources the study is conducted using qualitative method.
Patriarchy and feminist theory explains the phenomenon of violence within the context of economic “Labor” and cultural context the “hierarchy structure” in the family” and “kinship (preference for boys)” and “private property” also the role of the state to empower/disempower women. Along with segregation in labor another feature of gender differences in public space is woman usually have very limited opportunities in societal institutions thus lack power in decision-making. In other words the structural arrangements in the society leads to specific beliefs and values, how gender roles are perceived. (Caricatti, L. and Everri, M.2009: 148)
The study further reveals that the oppression and violence on women in India has relationship with patriarchal nature of society historically constructed with in the society through socio cultural practices in the Purview of Hindu culture and In India the extreme appearance of gender roles in the society was introduced by the religion and gender, class and caste the salient social characteristics were used for categorizing the people in a hierarchical social structure.

LanguageEnglish
Publication date30 Jun 2014
Number of pages61
ID: 201334330