Sexual and Domestic Violence: Policy Protocols

India is witnessing a rising rate of crime against women. According to recent National Crime Bureau data, a rape happens every 26 minutes, molestation every 14 minutes, dowry death every 63 minutes, and acts of cruelty by husband and relatives every 6 minutes.

Charge-sheets are filed in 92% of these cases, but the conviction rate is 27%. For cases of reported rape, the conviction rate is even lower, suggesting high levels of impunity. While strong laws are in place, justice eludes the victims.

This project aims to provide women who are victims of violence with greater access to justice and more equitable power within the criminal legal system. By uncovering lacunae in the law and developing protocols for better legal implementation, it will contribute to ending impunity for such crimes.

An innovative methodology will document approximately 150 victims' experience of accessing justice for rape and domestic violence while the cases play out in the family, community, police station, and court rooms.

In addition, the project will study how domestic violence law works for ordinary women in the 35 urban and rural districts of Maharashtra. It will also look at positive court rulings in domestic violence cases and analyze these for use by judges and prosecutors.

This project is the first of its kind and findings are likely to have a major impact on policy and programs.

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Start Date

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 594,100


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Advocate Flavia Agnes


Majlis Manch

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