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Crime Against Women

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Crimes against women
Police records show high incidence of crimes against women in India. The National Crime Records Bureau reported in 1998 that the growth rate of crimes against women would be higher than the population growth rate by 2010.[6] Earlier, many cases were not registered with the police due to the social stigma attached to rape and molestation cases. Official statistics show that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported crimes against women
Rape in India has been described by Radha Kumar as one of India's most common crimes against women.[7] Official sources show that rape cases in India has doubled between 1990 and 2008[8] In most of the Rape cases, the culprit is known to the victim.
Gang Rape
In late December, 2012, international attention was called to a case of a 23-year-old Indian woman (Also called as NIRBHAYA case/ AMANAT case) was assaulted and gang raped on a bus(incident took place on 16 december,2012), resulting in her eventual death in a hospital days later. Mass protests stemming from the case called into question the cultural violence towards women and the failure of the government to solve the problem. The problem was compounded by politicians making sexist and misogynistic comments[9]
Sexual Harassment
Half of the total number of crimes against women reported in 1990 related to molestation and harassment at the workplace.[6] Eve teasing is a euphemism used for sexual harassment or molestation of women by men. Many activists blame the rising incidents of sexual harassment against women on the influence of "Western culture". In 1987, The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act was passed[10] to prohibit indecent representation of women through advertisements or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.
In 1997, in a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of India took a strong stand against sexual harassment of women in the workplace. The Court also...


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