Workshop on violence against women and child in rural programme was conducted by the J.D foundation and Marpu society in Andhra Pradesh. The programme was conduct on 15.12.2015 and 52 participants were participated.
The awareness speech was given by the social activists, volunteers, team of J.D. foundation to women and children. Mr. Y. Yerrappa, in his opening remarks, told the purpose and theme of the workshop and introduced the resource persons to t he audience.
The violence against women is they are educated or uneducated, rich or poor and from towns or rural areas, are generally subjected to violence of different types, by even close family members like husband in-laws etc., the violence against women, is a matter of concern, from ages and there is no exception. Said by the Mr. M. Satyananda Murthy, advocate.
Then discussed about a few relevant Acts/Laws passed on violence against women, there are,
- Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.
- The Dowry Prohibition Act – 1961.
- The sexual harassment of women at work place Act 2013.
- The immoral Traffic Act 1956.
- The indecent Representation of Women Act 1986.
- The prohibition of Child marriage Act 2006.
- National Commission for Women Act 1990.
The rate of crimes against women is on a steady increase from year to year, the crimes rates increased by about 12.5% over the period from 2006 and by 31.8% over the year 2003.
- There has been an increase of 17.2% in kidnapping and abduction crimes.
There has been an increase of 6.2 % of dowry deaths.
- Torture (domestic violence) cases in the country have increased by about 20.3 % over the past.
- Sexual harassment cases have increased by about 9.9 % and the state of Andhra Pradesh tops the list.