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Abstract

Violence against Indian women is in reality much more than it may appear as there are some violence which are not considered as crime or go unreported or undocumented. The present paper is an attempt to understand Crime against women in the 28 major Indian states on the basis of the data published by National Crime Record Bureau in India over the period 2001-02 to 2014-15. The relative position of the states is determined based on both Year to Year as well as Compound Annual Growth Rate. Along with enforcement and punishment, there can other effective policy mechanisms for controlling crime against women. The paper thus aims to identify the factors which can control crime against women employing panel regression technique. Our result suggests that although there are fluctuations but the states’ are fronting different crime against women, most prominent being offence related to dowry. Further it can be concluded that parental guidance and education can inhibit crime against women whereas social deprivation and economic poverty can encourage it. One interesting finding is that economic growth can initially encourage crime against women but crime may fall after some threshold limit of economic growth.

Note on the Author

Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Vidyasagar University, India. She has been awarded Ph.D. degree in Economics from Jadavpur University. She has attended a number of Seminar and Conferences both at National and International level. She has publications in so many books and journals of reputation. Her research area includes Industrial economics, Crime, Social sector Economics, Agricultural economics, etc. She is supervising six PhDs and four MPhil dissertations. She has also authored two books.

Anam Afreen is a Ph.D. research scholar in the Department of Economics, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal. She did her M.Phil. from the Department of Economics, Vidyasagar University, India. She has publications in journals and also presented papers in National and International Seminars.

Dr. Dipyaman Pal is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Bethune College, India. He has been awarded Ph.D. degree in Economics from Jadavpur University. He has attended a number of Seminar and Conferences both at National and International level. He has publications in so many books and journals of reputation. His areas of interests include Agricultural economics, Crime, Social sector Economics, etc.

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