Women in India constitute nearly half of its population of over a billion people, and this book is a rigorous social scientific examination of the issue of violence against women in India. It draws from the latest criminological research on the nature and extent of such violence; discusses cultural myths and practices that underlie the problem; and examines policies and programs that respond to it. This collection will advance research, justice, and social action to tackle this heartbreaking problem.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.
Preface 1. Exploring the trend of violence against women in India 2. Towards identifying and ranking selected types of violence against women in North India 3. Extreme cases and the criminal justice system: responses to a traumatic sexual assault in India 4. Perpetuating myths of women as false complainants in rape cases in India: culture V. The law 5. Perceptions of gender-based violence around public toilets in Mumbai slums 6. Community effects on women’s help-seeking behaviour for intimate partner violence in India: gender disparity, feminist theory, and empowerment 7. Sexual violence perpetrated against women in India: the role of forensic evidence