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Abstract

Religion, customs, age-old prejudices, etc. have put Indian women in a subservient and exploitable position in many domains of life. Low rates of participation in education, lack of economic independence, value biases operating against them, etc., have resulted in the women being dependent on men folk and other institutions of authority like the family, neighborhood and the society. They are usually ignorant of their rights and even if they are not, they do not have easy access to justice.

The issues related to women are being raised and discussed in various fora, in the recent times. Of these, ‘violence against women’ is gaining more and more support and recognition, the world over. But despite the enactment of laws, formulation of reformative legal processes, provision of legal aid to the needy, extensive use of the provision of Public Interest Litigation, conduct of Family Courts, Women/Family counseling centers etc., women in India have a long way to go in concretizing their Constitutional Goals into reality.

Note on the Author

B. R. Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.D. Reader, Dept. of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, India

Manisha Gupta, M.B.B.S. Demonstrator, Dept. of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, India

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