Indi The Fourth Most Dangerous Place For Women

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In a survey conducted by The Thompson Reuters Foundation in 2011, India was ranked as the fourth most dangerous place for women. Crimes against women (CAW) are very common and sexual offences form a large proportion of such type of felonies. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, ‘a total of 2,44,270 incidents of crime against women (both under IPC and SLL) were reported in the country during the year 2012 as compared to 2,28,650 in the year 2011 recording an increase of 6.4% during the year 2012. These crimes have continuously increased during 2008 -2012 with 1,95,856 cases in the year 2008, 2,03,804 cases in 2009 and 2,13,585 cases in 2010 and 2,28,650 cases in 2011 and 2,44,270 cases in the year 2012’ . CAW are increasing on a daily basis according to these statistics. Instances of gender- based violence are quite common and reported almost every day in newspapers.
The horrific rape and murder of a para-medical student in the widely-discussed and reported Nirbhaya case resulted into huge outcry throughout the country. For most people, it became increasingly clear that the existing laws dealing with provisions of such crimes weren’t effective enough for stopping such crimes. Most people agreed that there must be a new law, which would strengthen the existing ones in tackling CAW. Yielding to the public demand, the then government set up a three-member committee under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) J.S. Verma to analyse the existing laws and

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