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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 333-338

Violence against women


1 Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Medicine, Vivekanand Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Dhanwantri Hospital, Old Dhamteri Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
6 Department of Psychiatry, Mind Vision Centre for Mental Health, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Psychiatry, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.161500

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Violence against women (VAW) is a major public health problem in the country. The problem is grossly under-reported. A number of factors have been blamed for crimes against women. An inefficient law enforcing machinery has often been targeted for the increasing number of cases being reported. There is little recognition that psychiatric morbidity can perpetuate such crimes. Of late, there appears to a continuous increase in the number of crimes committed against women; especially the very serious ones like gang rapes. The latter have shaken the very conscience of people. Even harsher legislation does not seem to have made any effect. One wonders how this could be possible in a society heading toward high education, economic and technological development. Media has played a pivotal role by highlighting the problem to the masses. The need for the hour is for mental health professionals to take the challenge and present a comprehensive proposal for definite action to prevent all forms of VAW.



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