Violence against women in South Asia rising

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP
KATHMANDU, Nepal– An international research has found that violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia.
According to study on ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ carried out jointly by the UN Women, the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women, and the Centre of Social Research, a leading women’s institution working in India, almost 90 per cent of women in these countries are facing any form of violence,” said Rebecca Reichmann Tavares of the study.

The report said that insufficient implementation of laws, lack of support from police and judiciary, low awareness about politics and decline of ‘moral’ values cause violence against women.
“Almost 90 per cent of women in these countries feel that violence breaks their resolve to join politics”, the report said. The study was carried out in Nepal, Pakistan and India analyzing incidents of violence that occurred from 2003 to 2013.

As many as 800 respondents, including election commission officials, police, election contenders and families in rural and urban areas were interviewed.

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