“Victims become Victorians”: A Sociological Connotation
Violence against women has received growing global attention in recent months following high profile and service incidents in India and South Africa. The widespread and sustained public protests that have followed in both countries and beyond indicate that violence against women is an issue that have been invisible on the agenda of decision makers for too long and more efforts are needed. The status of women in India is not equal to the status of men in terms of access, participation and reward. It owes this situation to the patriarchal feudalistic structure in the society. Although there are ethical and humanitarian reasons for censoring violence against women in the mass media, we have no evidence that such a move will necessarily lead to reduction in violence. Establishment of cheaper and less formal courts could also be a measure to help women who are victims of exploitation.
Author Name: S. Rajalakshmi
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Keywords: Violence, Exploitation, Status of Women, Decision Makers