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Violence Against Women: Issues and Perspectives

Aruna Goel (Author)
Synopsis The book seeks to analyse the various forms of violence against women, to look into the socio-cultural and structural causes of such violence, the impact on women's as well as societal health, the legal interventions which have been made and which can be made. There are several forms of violence that constitute a violation of women's right to live with dignity and self-respect. These include rape, incest, domestic violence, widow immolation, female foeticide and infanticide, trafficking in women, sexual harassment, molestation, eve-teasing, witch-hunting, dowry deaths, the increasing instances of stripping and parading of women and so on. The list is endless. New modes of victimization are constantly emerging. The impact on women is both physical (physical impairment, even death at the hands of spouses) and psychological (high levels of stress, even mental disorder). Besides the psychological and physical trauma experienced by the battered women, domestic violence has also led to enormous economic loss for nations. The discrimination and violence that women are subjected to has its genesis in socio-cultural values that spring from the patriarchal ethos. The influence of socio-cultural factors such as social class, primordial identities of caste and religion, the impact of globalisation and regional specificities cannot be ignored. In this backdrop and context, the Centre for Women's Studies and Development, Punjab University organised a seminar on Violence Against Women. Sponsored by ICSSR, the seminar sought to inquire into the various aspects, causes and manifestations of violence and arrive at doable strategies to alleviate the problem. The present book is an outcome of this seminar. The authors have focused on different aspects of violence including domestic violence, female foeticide and infanticide, socio-cultural causes of violence, impact of globalisation and new technological developments, impact on women's health as well as the legal and judicial interventions.
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About the author

Aruna Goel

Dr. Aruna Goel an eminent scholar of Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy is currently Professor of Sanskrit at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and member of Sahitya Academy, Govt. of India (Sanskrit Board) and member of Senate of Panjab University, Chandigarh. She was earlier member University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi and a  member of the Society of India Institute of Advaqnced study, Shimla. She is on the Advisory panel of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan ( A Deemed University) to start Sanskrit courses to suit current needs. She has one more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research of Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy. She has completed a UGC major research project on Modern Knowledge and ancient Sanskrit Literature. She has authored more than 20 research books which are of great use for Sanskrit scholars of other discipline as these books are interdisciplinary in approach. She has published 85 research papers in Indian and Foreign journals. Dr. Aruna Goel was awarded cultural exchange programmed by Ministry of HRD, GOI, New Delhi to visit Hungary. She also visited most of the European countries and lectured on Indian Philosophy with special references to Yoga. She is widely traveled in India and abroad. She has been honored by many awards. She has been invited by academic institution to deliver convocation addresses and talk on important areas of Indian Philosophy.

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Bibliographic information

Title Violence Against Women: Issues and Perspectives
Author Aruna Goel
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176294977
length xxviii+296p., Tables; Charts.