India rated poorly against protection of women


India has been accused of “failure” to curb incidents of sexual violence against women and for “restrictions” on right to free speech by global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW), which said the country continues to have “significant human rights problems.”

“India has a thriving civil society, free media, and an independent judiciary”, the city-based rights group said in its assessment of rights abuses in India. However, it added “longstanding abusive practices, corruption, and lack of accountability for perpetrators foster human rights violations.”


In its 665-page World Report 2013, it said government initiatives, including police reform and improved access to health care and education, “languish” due to poor implementation. “Many women, children, Dalits, tribal communities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and sexual and gender minorities remain marginalised and continue to suffer discrimination because of government failure to train public officials in stopping discriminatory behaviour,” HRW said.

The rights group was critical of India for the way it has addressed the problem of violence against women, saying that incidents of violence against women and girls continued in 2012, with increased reports of sexual assault, including against those with disabilities.

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  1. I am very pleased to see this awful issue being raised here on RDF, kbala. Equally glad to see that ‘outside’ bodies such as the Human Rights Watch have spoken openly against human, but especially women’s rights violations still endemic in India.
    Just been listening to Salman Rushdie voicing his criticisms on the BBC of the unequal, and often brutal way that women are treated in India, but also on the need for the Indian government and its judiciary and the police to begin to change their attitudes and thus show by example the way towards proper treatment of women in that country at last. I’m afraid I am still quite pessimistic about any speedy outcome as to any improvements; I think it will take a long time to change deeply ingrained attitudes in that vast, traditional society, but glad that the momentum has started. I think the outside influence and pressure, however small, even such as ours here on RDF, will keep that momentum going, so thanks for the post!

  2. Appalling. Indian authorities promoting the worst of Hindu religious belief; is it the hangover from such practices as suttee?

  3. The misogyny in Hinduism so widespread, I don’t think you can distinguish the faith from its misogyny. Starting from preference of sons over daughters up until outright domestic abuse and human rights abuse, there is a vast spectrum of misogyny in Indian society-primarily amongst Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. To a lesser extent amongst Christians, Buddhists, Tribal people(Adivasi) & Jains etc. But unfortunately the vocal majority in politics & society are the former group and not the later.

    You cannot find a religious text that is more misogynistic than Ramayana (the holy grail of Hindu right wing politics). And the worrying trend is, they are well set to gain majority in next general election.

    In reply to #2 by Nodhimmi:

    Appalling. Indian authorities promoting the worst of Hindu religious belief; is it the hangover from such practices as suttee?

  4. My understanding is that women are accorded a lower dignity than men by the belief-system of Hinduism (e.g. bad karma can lead to one’s being reborn a woman instead of a man). If this is so, the belief-system is out of sorts with reality, and this would be something on which it could be challenged in public. The whole caboodle of karma, spiritual existence, rebirth, caste and so on needs to be shown up as the load of unfounded bunkum that it is. It is good that an international group like the Human Rights Watch has shone the spotlight on this disgraceful aspect of India’s culture. Hindus need a dose of humanism. There is Christian humanism for those who still wish to cling to their reassuring deity. Any chance of Hindu humanism as a step towards furthering humanism in India? Western civilization quite naturally looks back to ancient Greek humanism, but is there anything comparable in Indian cultural history that has not been obliterated by Hinduism?

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