Crime against women has been on the increase in India. It has existed in the past in almost all countries, regions, cultures and communities. The crime has much to do with the existing low status of women prevalent in our society. The violence exists at various levels. If we look back historically, the status of women during the Veda period was good. They were equal to men and had high esteem in society. But subsequently, their position in society deteriorated. They began to be treated like animals, often beaten by husbands. Women were deprived from getting education. Their activities were limited to household chores and help in reproduction. A girl child born was considered to be curse in society.
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