Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2018)
Understanding the nature of crimes against women under Indian penal code (1860) in the current scenario: An overview
Author(s): Dr. Mallaiah MR
Abstract: We are living on the edge of surviving ourselves where we talk too much about morality, ethics and empowering our culture to create a World where we can live easily with our dignity. But, we used to forget empowering women with our best to construct best possible World. As Swami Vivekananda had said “That country and that nation that do not respect women have never become great, nor ever be in future”. Women are considered as a weaker sex not only from physical point of view but also from sociological aspect also. When we refer to Smritis, we notice that woman has always been dependent on man. During child hood, on her father, after marriage on her husband, and during her old age on her son. However in olden times we find say “Where women are respected there Gods reside” Mahatma Gandhi once observed. The status of women in ancient India was inferior. The position became worse even during the Moghul Rule. They could not overcome the nasty Pardah system of the time. Further, there was the custom of Sati. Many women were forcibly sent to the funeral pyre of their dead husbands. There was no change in the fate of women even during the British rule in India. The situation began to change when many national figures started a struggle for India’s freedom. Mahatma Gandhi openly invited the help from women. Many women came forward. Among them were Sarojini Naidu, Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, Mrs. Aruna Asaf Ali and others. Many women thereafter occupied prestigious positions in India. They excelled in almost all fields such as sports, politics, administration, science and arts.