Gender Based Violence
Violence against women and girls in India is widespread. Despite some progressive legislative measures in recent years, brought about due to pressure from women’s rights movements, the media and public campaigns, many women continue to experience discrimination and violence in their everyday lives.
Gender-based violence takes place in both public and private spheres. It is often under-reported as a result of systemic and social barriers, and formal mechanisms to address it remain ineffective.
Women from Dalit, Adivasi and other marginalised communities are disproportionately affected by sexual violence. Their marginalisation also narrows their avenues to access justice.
Online Violence Against Women
Amnesty International India has launched a campaign to address online violence faced by women on social media platforms like twitter. Online violence against women, that is, violence directed at women because of their gender, is a barrier to their enjoyment of their rights to equality and freedom of expression.
Transgender Rights are Human Rights
Last August, the central government introduced a highly flawed bill on transgender rights in the Parliament. Therefore, the bill was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC), which invited suggestions from the public and civil society organisations. Amnesty International India made a detailed submission to the PSC on the Bill on 28 December 2016. On 12 August, Amnesty International India launched a missed call petition to rally support for amendments to be made to the 2016 Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.
Ready to Report
According to government data, for every one woman who faces sexual violence and reports it to the police, there are 99 that do not. Ready to Report is a campaign to ensure that women who choose to report sexual violence can do so safely and without facing prejudice.
SC judgment on Sabarimala temple is a laudable step towards upholding equal rights of women in India
“The judgment is a welcome recognition of women’s right to equal treatment. It questions age-old beliefs that exclude women based on notions of inferiority, patriarchy and ideologies of chastity and purity. Traditional, cultural and religious norms have long been used to justify violations against women. Practices that perpetuate the subjugation of women, and harmful gender stereotypes, must be ended,” said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director, Amnesty India.
SC judgement on Adultery upholds individual dignity, promotes equal rights
In a progressive judgment safeguarding individual dignity, sexual autonomy and freedom from discrimination, the Supreme Court has declared Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code to be constitutionally invalid. Section 497 is a colonial-era law, which has no place in a modern society. It is remnant of a time when a woman was considered to be the property of her husband.
Authorities in Kerala must ensure timely justice to the Kerala based nun for alleged sexual violence
Revealing the identity of a survivor of sexual violence is a crime under Indian law, , but to face backlash from the very community to which she has dedicated her life, is tragic. This is a blatant, and extremely unfortunate attempt, at victim naming and shaming.
Opinion: Prohibition, Permission and (Beyond) Pleasure
‘Prohibition’, ‘permission’ and ‘pleasure’ and the linkages between them - unlikely bedfellows? Why I thought of these words is something I would like to share with you through some examples of human rights violations faced by women online, on twitter, at the hands of Hindu Nationalists.
Gurmehar on making online spaces safe for women
Amnesty International India interviewed Gurmehar Kaur on her experiences with online abuse and how she did not let it deter her and her activism. Gurmehar has pledged her support for the campaign we are launching today, on International Women’s Day, that seeks to address the issue of Online Violence Against Women and calls for all possible steps to be taken to make online spaces safe for women.
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