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REFLECTIONS ON THE CONTINUITY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AMIDST WAR AND INTERNAL CONFLICTS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

    1 Author(s):  DR. NAMITA SINGH MALIK

Vol -  11, Issue- 1 ,         Page(s) : 93 - 100  (2020 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

Violence against women during war and conflict is rampant across the globe. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, such incidents are universally under-reported. These episodes of violence portray a picture depicting millions of women experiencing violence, or living with its consequences. Since Second World War, rape and other forms of sexual violence has assumed strategic significance. Sadly, Rape is deployed by men as a weapon of war to showcase their masculinity and power. Women are given as booty for victory in battle. They are raped, mutilated, shattered and ruined beyond revamp. It is a molestation of women’s dignity and identity; as well as an attack on political, social and cultural integrity of a nation, race or identity. Such shameful acts of violence are not unique incidents, but continued reoccurrence of brutality and inhumanity prevailing among humans. Although International law guarantees protection of women from all forms of discrimination and violence, but it sounds more of rhetoric rather than reality. This paper highlights how shockingly women are subjected to sexual violence irrespective of the fact that most of the nations have either signed or ratified International conventions and treaties preventing any form of violence against the specified gender.

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