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Reporting in Hindu, BBC and Scroll on “Under-reporting of violence against women”

Written by r.i.c.e. on January 6th, 2015
1414604509-1125_Proportion-of-cases-which-were-reported-Sexual-Violence-Physical-Violence-chartbuilder--1- (1) did a report on Aashish’s paper “Reporting and incidence of violence against women in India“. Check out the article here. It says,

When thinking of sexual violence, most people imagine the perpetrator a stranger lurking in the dark. In reality, as a new study reasserts, most cases of sexual assault in India are perpetrated by people the women know. In fact, the number of women sexually assaulted by their husbands is 40 times the number of women who suffer such violence from others. The study, by Aashish Gupta of the US-headquartered RICE Institute, cites statistics published by UN Women in 2011, which say that one in every 10 women has suffered sexual assault by their husband and one in three has faced physical violence from the husband or intimate partner.

Hindu’s Rukimini S, our favorite data journalist, also did a follow-up story. She said,

The last NFHS showed that the vast majority of sexual violence reported by women was within the marriage; just 2.3 per cent of rape that women reported to the NFHS interviewers was by men other than the husband, researcher Aashish Gupta found.

The BBC, meanwhile, replugged Rukmini’s previous story. It said,

A new study has found that sexual violence against women is “grossly under-reported” in India, says The Hindu.

The research, by social scientist Aashish Gupta, has established that just 1% of marital rapes and 6% of rapes by men other than husbands are reported to the police.

The paper notes that in general, states associated with gender equality – the north-eastern States, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka – had both lower levels of actual incidence of violence and higher levels of reporting.