4 in every 10 Indian women face harassment before the age of 19: Survey

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NEW DELHI, 25 Nov: A new ActionAid research is calling out for steps to ensure safety of women, as it revealed that More than four in 10 women (41%) in India experience harassment or violence before the age of 19.

The four-nation survey was conducted by the international women and child rights NGO.

It is worth shocking that Women experience harassment for the first time at a very small age with 6% of them experiencing it before the age of 10 in India. The figure for Brazil is 16%, while it is 12% in UK and 8% in Thailand.

The research also informed that around 73% of women in India have faced violence or harassment in the past month.

The figure is more in other countries with 87% of women in Brazil and 67% in Thailand having been subjected to harassment or violence in the past month.

In UK, it was 57%. More than one in four (26%) women in India expressed that they had been groped in the past month.

This compared with one in five women in Brazil (20%), one in four women in Thailand (26%) and one in six in UK (16%), according to the YouGov poll of over 2,500 women aged 18 and above.

The survey was done to mark International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and was performed online with 2,518 participants.

The findings suggest  how women are increasingly taking steps in their daily lives to guard against such threats.

More than 82% women in India lamented that they had taken steps for their safety against harassment. This figure was 91% for women between 25 and 34 years old.

The steps they take differs from avoiding parks and poorly lit areas (35%) and changing a travel route (36%) to using everyday objects like keys as a weapon (23%) or carrying a protective device such as a rape alarm or pepper spray (18%).

Speaking about the survey, ActionAid India executive director Sandeep Chachra stated that “Cross country findings suggest immediate action is needed to curb harassment and violence against women. Threats to safety of women are directly related to patriarchal mindsets that manifest itself on streets, at the workplace and at homes.”

 Wefornews Bureau

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