Criminal justice system and violence against women in changing legal paradigm in India
Dr. Vipin Malhotra
The article deals at length with violence as an instrument of perpetration of domination on women.The religion, social customs and practices have sanctioned tangent and intangent methods of violence for creating a patriarchal society. However in the modern times, the various international instruments, constitutional reforms and feminist movements have tried to minimise the violence against women but the gender competitiveness, enlightenment of women about their rights and women’s presence in the public domain has led to the increase of violence against women in different forms ranging from intimidation, severe bodily injury, use of criminal force, kidnapping, human trafficking and rape. The criminal law amendments despite making law severe and swift in promoting a sense of security in women has not been able to mitigate the violence against women.The article says that, alongwith legal remedies, the issue requires the understanding of the gender situation differently. Men and women are not equal or unequal, rather they are made differently. Thus, the gender jurisprudence needs to deal with the situation with a deeper understanding.