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A Gender Atlas of India is a seminal body of work which comprehensively maps and grades India's performance from 2001 to 2016 on issues of concern for women. Taking into account 8 overall indicators and 28 sub-indicators, it looks at how India is performing on various aspects, including sex ratio, women's education, employment, health, political participation and representation; and prevention of crimes against women. Unlike previous attempts, this book examines the change in India's performance over a 15-year period, compares the situation of women in India to that in its neighborhood and internationally, and rates each Indian state and union territory individually. The findings in this book are both provocative and incentivizing for policymakers—they show that where the central and state governments share concerns India's ...

Crimes against Women
Crimes against women

Illustration 7.1 Crimes Against Women
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Crimes against Women
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The Delhi rape case of December 2012 put the national focus on violent crimes against women; it also drew considerable international attention. In its wake, research shows that sexual and/or gender-based violence has grown continuously in India. In 2001, the all-India incidence of recorded crimes against women was 143, 795 and in 2014, 337, 922.1 This is an increase of 135 percent.

Looked at proportionately, the picture moderates. According to the NCRB, the rate of violence against women in India was 56 per 100,000 in 2013, four times the 2001 rate of 14. However, these figures are deceptive. A large part of the increase in the rate can be explained by ...

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