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Men are from Mars and Women from Venus, but why on Earth are Women so Woefully Wronged?

ious forms of genital mutilation, and are still grappling with its effects on their health. A 2005 UN Population Fund report found that nearly 70 per cent of Indian women do not oppose wife-beating, and seem to justify the circumstance for the violence. Clearly, there is no light at the end of the tunnel because 75 per cent of the victims suffer in silence, to salvage 'family honour'.

So this brings us back to the question, amid all the tall claims of emancipation of women, and national progress, of what use is this advancement, when the basic chip in the male brain is intransigent to change of attitude? The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, widely called as White Ribbon Day, is an invitation to community groups, businesses and governments to concentrate on a worldwide phenomenon.

Several initiatives and campaigns have been spearheaded by women's groups, social organizations, government organizations and NGO's to take up cudgels against gender-based violence. These endeavours have led to the creation of public awareness and have initiated legislation to save the day for the victims. The legal reforms have no doubt influenced many changes, yet more needs to be done to alter the deep - rooted perception of women and violence. The United Nations campaign for the human rights of women and girls has made notable strides in increasing the awareness about the fallout of gender based violence on the economic, social and cultural health of a Nation.

In India too, we are not far behind. Oct 2006, was indeed a milestone period for the emancipation of women. A new law came into force in India to protect women from violence and abuse in their own homes. The new law has taken cognisance that marital rape, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse of a woman by her husband is indeed a crime. Now it is possible to prosecute a man for raping his wife, for it is not within the ambit of conjugal rights. The new law stipula
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