Gender violence in increasing
GENDER VIOLENCE IS IN INCREASING TREND
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In the situation of pandemic lockdown, the no. of domestic violence cases rose by a third in the second week.
- No. of cases: As per UN Women’s data, globally, 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 have been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months i.e. violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
- Increasing trend: The number is likely to increase as security, health and money worries heighten tensions and strains are accentuated by cramped and confined living conditions.
- Top country: Since the lockdown, with 30% increase in domestic violence, France has been topped in the table.
- France is followed by Argentina, with an increase of 25% of domestic violence cases.
- Other countries: The other countries were Canada, Germany, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. have also registered an increase in cases of domestic violence and demand for emergency shelter.
- Also, Interpol has warned that with a majority of people working from home due to the pandemic, there was a change in the pattern of crimes. The lockdown period has led to a significant increase in domestic violence.
- As per official data of UN, in 2017, 87,000 women were intentionally killed. And among them, half were killed by intimate partners of family members.
- Suggested steps: To reduce the no. of cases of domestic violence, the steps suggested by the UN Women are as follows;
- Helplines, psychosocial support and online counselling should be boosted.
- Technology-based solutions such as SMS, online tools and networks must be used to expand social support.
- Alternative arrangements must be made to reach women with no access to phones or Internet.
- Police and justice services must mobilise to ensure that incidents of violence against women and girls are given high priority.
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