Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Violence against women in India: A study of the protective role of national human rights commission
Author(s): Gurdeep Singh
Abstract: India has an elaborate system of Constitutional provisions and legislative safeguards to protect the rights of women. Despite the existence of Constitution remedies and legislative measures, violence against women, in various forms, such as murder, torture, molestation, dowry demands, dowry deaths, sexual harassment, rape, sale, buying, trafficking, kidnapping and abduction of women, has been consistently rising throughout the country. In such atrocious circumstances, testing an acknowledgeable existence, a dignified survival and versatile development of women in India, the ratified governmental organizations such as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has an active role to play. The NHRC has been performing its mandatory obligations to mitigate violence against women quite reasonably. But a critical analysis of its functioning proves the NHRC possessing a variety of limitations, shortcomings and even inefficiencies, which hinder its task to alleviate violence against women. The NHRC is sturdily required to be equipped with more and actual powers, required staff, and an enthusiastic approach by the government as well as the NHRC officials to minimize violence against women in India.