Sexual harassment in India. A comparative study on the experience of Indian women and foreigners.
Violence against women in India is an endemic problem. According to Renuka Chowdhury, junior minister for women and child development, around 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence. The National Crime Records Bureau has revealed that a crime against a woman is committed every three minutes, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes and an act of violence by either the husband of a relative occurs every nine minutes, however the majority of crimes against women go unreported due to stigma and lack of protection from the police. This continues despite the fact women in India are legally protect from domestic abuse under the Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 and other women friendly laws such as the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961.
Eve-teasing an Indian English term for sexual harassment is one of the most common crimes committed against women and may include bullying or coercion of a sexual nature or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.
We are running a study to explore how women in India and foreign women who have travelled to India have experienced sexual violence and discrimination in India in accordance with their own definitions. This study intends to explore what women consider violence, harassment and discrimination and how women from different backgrounds experience violence and harassment within India and how this violence affects their day to day lives and experience of living or being in India. We have chosen the participants based on the fact that they are either from India or are have travelled in India.