The first week of the nationwide lockdown has resulted in a steep rise in violence against women.


  1. The National Commission for Women (NCW), which receives complaints from across the country, has recorded more than a two fold rise in gender-based violence.

  2. The total complaints from women rose from 116 in the first week of March (March 2- 8), to 257 in the final week of March (March 23-April 1).

  3. Complaints of rape or attempted rape have risen sharply from two to 13, while cases of domestic violence have increased from 30 to 69 over the same comparative period.

  4. Simultaneously, there has been an almost three fold increase in police apathy towards women’s complaints, with the NCW receiving 16 complaints on the issue as compared to six earlier. 

Important Info :

  • The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is a civil law meant for providing reliefs to women facing domestic violence. Under this law women can apply for reliefs in the nature of protection order, residence order, compensation order, monetary relief and custody order. 

  • State Governments and UT Administrations are responsible for implementation of the act.

Source : The Hindu

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