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Health Policy Plan. 2015 Jun;30(5):656-9. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu015. Epub 2014 Mar 10.

Sexual violence in India: addressing gaps between policy and implementation.

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Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Madhav Nagar, Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India, Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, United States of America.
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Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Madhav Nagar, Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India, Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, United States of America Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Madhav Nagar, Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India, Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, United States of America abhisheksharma0991@gmail.com abhi0991@bu.edu.

Abstract

The savage Delhi rape of 16 December 2012 was instrumental in generating the Verma Report that framed policies for amending the Criminal Laws related to sexual violence, professionalizing forensic/medical examination of victims, and sensitizing the police, electorate and the educational sectors. Unfortunately, even after a year, the Indian Home Ministry has abysmally failed to implement most recommendations, even underutilizing budgetary allocations. This article addresses gaps in governance systems and offers solutions to the problem of sexual violence in India.

KEYWORDS:

Millennium Development Goals; Rape; gender; health sector reform; policy implementation; violence against women

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24615432
DOI:
10.1093/heapol/czu015
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