Women’s safety is a pressing issue in today’s world. When all the data suggests that India is the most unsafe country for women, are we going to ignore the fact that women in other countries also face violence? The crime rate against women is rising, no law, no punishment has ensured safety for women across the globe. From the most developed countries to the underdeveloped ones, women are still unsafe.
When we think of the most developed nations, US is the first name that pops up in our head. It is considered to be one of the best places to live in because why not, the employment opportunities are good, living standards are high, you have job stability and many more facilities. But let’s talk
about the real issue here, US is at the 10 position in the list of most unsafe countries in the world. According to stats provided by National Centre for Injury Prevention and Control, approximately 4.8 million women experience physical assaults and rapes by their intimate partners every year and amongst these only 20% seek medical treatment. On an average, 3 women were killed every day by their intimate partners in the year 2005. According to data provided by National Crime Victimisation Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in a year, which accounts to 600 women per day. Women who are young, belong to minority or belong to low-income group are generally the major targets. Similarly, when you talk about Russia, the major crime that takes place against women living in that country is domestic violence. According to Human Rights Watch, around
36,000 women faced domestic abuse in the year 2017. As per official MVD data, as many as 304 women died in Russia falling prey to domestic violence. According to sources approximately 70% of women in Russia have faced some sort of gender-based violence in domestic households be it physical, economical, sexual or emotional. Alcohol consumption is considered to be the major reason behind the crimes committed against women in Russia. Let’s take one more country into consideration, Singapore, as per International Violence Against Women Survey, 2010, 1 in 10 women in Singapore experience lifetime physical violence by a male, 6 in 10 victims of physical violence suffer repeated victimisation. The culture of victim blaming is prevalent in Singapore, according to research, 1 in 10 respondents believe that women who are raped are ‘asking for it’, a major population feel that wearing provocative clothes is major reason for rapes and in such scenarios women should bear the responsibility of harassment. A good proportion of population, specially young people between 18-29 years of age believe in gender roles like men are the head members of the house and hence, should be taking most of the decisions and women should majorly focus on raising children and taking care of household chores.
All these countries have adopted some laws to prevent crimes against women. In U.S., domestic violence and abuse are against the law, and the law and punishment over committing these heinous crimes varies on community basis. Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,
provides services and supports to the women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assaults. In Russia, a bill was presented named, domestic violence decriminalisation bill. Yelena Mizulina was behind this bill. She is a conservative politician, who defended that the domestic violence should be a part of administrative offense and not criminal because that way family’s reputation will be at stake and a person will be labelled as criminal for one slap. The bill was passed stating that the violence acts that cause severe injuries that the person has to visit a document then only it will be considered as an offence under administrative office. In Singapore, the Women’s Charter is an Act passed in 1961, that aims to protect the rights and safety of women in legally sanctioned relationships. This basically includes property rights, rights related to divorce, etc. Muslim marriages are exception to this Act, as they are governed by the Administrative of
Muslim Laws. This act tries to ensure safety to women from any kind of violence by ensuring that the male is not allowed to enter the house till it is ensured that he is no longer in toxic and harmful to abuse any other women.
Clearly, looking at above paragraphs we can say that women face domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental and emotional trauma across the whole planet on a daily basis. The rates of crime are increasing with every passing minute, and all these country’s have a lot of things in common. From being unaware to victim blaming. From being narrow-minded and following gender rules to trying to stop these victims to reach out for help.
Hence, we can see that, “The safety of a women is not subject to a particular country or a particular geographical location.” We in general need to adopt certain measures, so that women across the world feel safer and more empowered.