Woman in the Vedic age was enjoying a higher status. She
was the nerve center of the domestic work and was its empress. Domestic happiness and conjugal happiness are constant topics mentioned in the Rig Veda. The seer of the samhitas was never tired of speaking the bond that binds a happy home governed by a woman. But Now-a-Days Violence affects the live of millions of women and girls in all socio-economic classes around the world. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers and takes a variety of forms, from domestic abuse to the child marriages and female circumcision. Violence against women is largely unreported. Fear and stigma often prevent women from reporting incidents of violence or seeking assistance. In fact, 80 percent of women who have been physically abused by their partners have never informed the Police, NGOs or shelters. In December 1999, at the 54th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
Types of Violence Against Women
Drug Related Violence An alcoholic beats his wife and children. There are number of incidences where under the influence of alcohol a Father raped his own Daughter. Alcoholism increases violence and therefore family interruption takes place.
Rape and Custodial Rape In most of the cases the victim is branded as a woman of loose morals. Child and adolescents rape are on the rise, about 58% are below 16 years. In recent years girl children in the age group of 6-12 years have been more victimized. Custodial rape is extremely heinous since the offenders are supposed to be guardians of the law. Witnesses refuse to testify against offenders or men in power, which makes it impossible for the victim to get justice.
Harassment at Work Place and Eve Teasing Whether out of choice or out of compulsion, most of the...