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Weekly Current Affairs: April week-2 - Violence against women

  • Category
    Social Issues
  • Published
    15th Apr, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the globe leaving behind a trail of destruction, most countries are implementing different versions of lockdowns to facilitate social and physical distancing.

Context

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the globe leaving behind a trail of destruction, most countries are implementing different versions of lockdowns to facilitate social and physical distancing. The basic assumption underlying almost all these policy decisions during a crisis like this is that the effect of the pandemic is gender neutral.

Background:

  • As more and more countries have entered lockdown, globally there is an alarming upshot in domestic violence related distress calls to support helplines and response shelters.
  • Domestic violence has serious economic, social and health consequences – not only for women and children, but also for the wider family. It is an acute problem in India.
  • The majority of Indian women who experience domestic violence do not share it with anybody or seek help.
  • Among those who do, a “pyramid of reporting” of domestic violence exists: Informal sources (natal family followed by friends) are favoured sources of support and very few women report violence via institutional routes (nongovernmental organisations and police).
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