I, as a woman first and then a lawyer, cannot actually recollect an instance
in my reasonable mind when not even a single incidence of violence or crime
against women in India in a particular day had not come to my knowledge. Every
other day I see and read in various medium of technologies such as television or
And I'm sure we all do, about cases of unethical and immoral happenings with the
women in our country ranging from instances of sexual harassment to graver
sexual offences like rape, which unfortunately is not something new as this has
become like a norm in our society that women and girls are subjected to violence
and injustices that further results in bringing damage to their confidence and
their positive perspective towards life.
Another such incident of sexual harassment in India has been brought to light,
on 18 January 2023, by women sports professionals against the authority, the
Wrestling Federation of India, that governs various matters relating to their
sport. A top authority in the federation has been accused of committing the
offence of sexual harassment on Indian female wrestlers as alleged by latter.
Many popular names in the field of Indian sports have strongly reflected their
angst and concern on the menace of sexual harassment of women in sports by
As a member of society, I would say that this incident does not speak only about
the matter of sexual harassment of sportswomen but largely about sexual
harassment on women. It actually, as per my understanding, does not matter as to
what profession a woman is in but the reach, the hold and the consequence of a
particular crime, including the offence of sexual harassment, on her is so
immense that these social evils do not discriminate on the basis of any ground,
including her profession. And in this present case, these women represents the
profession of sports in India.
Now, speaking as a lawyer, various legislations and policies have been framed
and passed for the purpose of affording protection to women against various
offences and injustices such as:
- The Sexual Harassment of Women At Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and
Redressal) Act, 2013;
- The Protection of Women From Domestic Violence Act, 2005;
- The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013;
- The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956;
Articles 15(3), 39(d), 42, 51A(e) etc.
Of the Indian Constitution; etc. Not only this in International platform as
well, India, being a signatory of various Conventions, has agreed to implement
the international provisions in her national legal system relating to the
protection and upliftment of women in the country.
Some of these Instruments such as:
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948;
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966;
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966
Play an important role in designing the framework for women protection in the
country. And Indian laws have also been inspired by the spirit of these
international instruments. However, even after having all these legislations and
international conventions in place, unfortunately still today in our country
women and girls become victims of various offences and injustices and there has
to be a justification behind this scenario.
And the same does not fail to reflect the loss of deep reverence that we women
enjoyed back in the country's history in vedic period (1500-1000 B.C) when we
were treated with respect and equality with male counterparts.
Doubtlessly, the legislations and policies framed by our country so far resulted
in the alleviation of the condition of women in India, however some more serious
and effective implementation work needs to be done in this field in order for us
to finally witness an environment where women no longer have to confront
situations that they are confronting today, speaking in the context of crimes
and injustices faced by them in the country.
And for this same positive effect to take place, we as a society also need to
improve our vision towards women and girls and shower them with respect and
provide them with a sense of safety and comfort in a society that they are
equally a member of.
Award Winning Article Is Written By: Ms.Rasleen Kour
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