Women are more prone to atrocities at home and workplace, which are considered safe, says a report. They fall victim to domestic violence and dowry harassment at home, and to rape and sexual harassment at workplace.
Such incidents were the basis of more than half of the 1,676 complaints lodged by women with the Madhya Pradesh State Women’s Commission during 2003-04.
A total of 338 complaints of domestic violence, 253 of dowry harassment, 149 of sexual harassment at workplace and 103 of rape or attempt to rape were received during the year, says the Commission’s report presented in the State Assembly on Saturday. Complaints regarding dowry death, kidnapping, murder, suicide, property dispute, alimony and problems relating to children were also received.
The Commission, which came into existence in 1998, faced shortage of fund, staff and office space, hampering its work, the report pointed out. The Commission also claimed to have taken measures to check child marriage, prostitution prevalent in Bedia, Sansi and Banchada communities.