International Journal of Law


International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2021)

Covid-19 and the never-ending violence against women


Jay Gajbhiye, Ankesh

In several countries, including India, COVID-19 has implemented mandatory lockdowns. Though, since the lockdown has been implemented, concern has been centered on its financial ramifications and on supplying food and housing for the vulnerable and migrants. However, the pandemic exposed flaws and even generated problems on other grounds. In specific, the loss of women’s freedom in patriarchal households is further decreasing, as “homes” are no more seen as safe places, yet throughout the lockdown, are going forward as places where people are operating from homes and earning their living, children are taking part in online lectures and other events are becoming organized. Violence against women in these households grew quickly during the lockdown. Women trapped in the households with the offenders of violence are witnessing severe brutality. Appropriate measures have to be taken to resolve the crisis and make homes as “safe zones”. The Government must take steps to offer protection to women and girls. In the long run, there is a need to resolve entrenched systemic inequality in order to guarantee gender equality in the household. Lockdowns can be interpreted in a variety of ways. One is to lockdown our concerted belief and enable the pre-existing stigmatizing notions of gender to persist and to replicate, or it may be, to separate the planet from oppressive beliefs and to re-conceptualize the violence-free gender-just world. This article highlights the shortcomings in the government’s response to the escalating abuse during the lockdown in India and Proposes that a comprehensive and thorough plan must be put in motion to counter the various facets of abuse experienced by women in the country. The government cannot overlook the chance to protect women against violence. To construct a gender just-abuse free society, the need is to place a lockdown on cultural imaginations that reiterate gender-stereotypical ideas and put patriarchy viruses and deprivation in isolation permanently.
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