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The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy launched its new report on ‘Crimes Against Women’ globally on 23rd February at 4:00 PM IST. The launch was followed by a Panel Discussion and a Q&A session.


Violence against women is on the rise. In India, while the rate of crime for all offences has marginally come down from 515 in 2000 to 445.9 in 2021, the rate of crime in cases of crimes against women increased from 14 in 2000 to 64.5 in 2021. 

Our research titled ‘Crimes Against Women’ finds that – passing criminal laws, introducing longer jail terms and the death penalty, reversing the burden of proof – is rooted in fundamental misconceptions about violence against women and does not serve to stop it. More worryingly, though, even where legislators call for fast-track courts, protection officers and similar special mechanisms, these are not put in place. In their pursuit of locating an ideal rape victim and ideal perpetrator, courts rely on stereotypes and rape myths.

To tailor and improve the legislative response, and find suitable ways to move ahead based on empirical evidence, the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy brought together a panel of experts from around the world. The panel consisted of:

  • REEM ALSALEM, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls,
  • DR. SHARON A. BONG, Professor of Gender Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia,
  • VITA G. HWENJERE, International Development Professional and Consultant, South Africa,
  • NEHA SINGHAL, Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead, Criminal Justice, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

Watch the discussion here.

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