Combating violence against women lies in change of mindset

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) Women continue to be the target of violence in public as well as private domain, Ranjana Kumari, Director for Social Research today said referring to the stripping and kicking of a tribal woman during a rally in Guwahati recently.

''The tendency to take out revenge on the women's body and people not feeling any remorse about it is shocking'' Ms Kumari said during a discussion on ''Ending Violence Against Women'' at the American Center here.

She said, while several measures have been taken, a time bound hearing within three days and decision within two months is a must for elimination of domestic violence against women.

Sharing the same views, Nalina Jiwnani, Director Bahai office, said domestic violence is a historical fact and has carried on justified by cultural norms.

Deliberate attempts have been made when it comes to violence on women, it is ''human decision as it is there with the person,'' she said.

Religious leaders can play an important role in changing people's attitude, she said stressing the need to go beyond legal norms for bringing about difference in society.

Focussing on women's issue will improve their economic, health and educational status thereby empowering them, said Beth Hogan, Deputy Director, USAID.

Highlighting some of the problems faced by women in India, she said refusing to give and accept dowry will help change the tide.

''Educating the rights of women, who are entering marriageble age would also spread awareness. In Rajasthan women have been taught their rights both under the Quran and under the constitution, she said.

Center for social Research also suggested other remedies for protection of women like, right to residence, which means a woman can not be thrown out of the house.

And if the protection order is violated, the abuser can be penalised and imprisoned for a year and be made to pay fine of Rs 20,000/-.

A woman can also file a case under IPC Section 498A.


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