Country
Year 2001
Type of Measure Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Other harmful practices, Other harmful practices, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Trafficking, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


The National Policy on Empowerment of Women adopted in 2001 states that " All forms of violence against women, physical and mental, whether at domestic or societal levels, including those arising from customs, traditions or accepted practices shall be dealt with effectively with a view to eliminate its incidence.  Institutions and mechanisms/schemes for assistance will be created and strengthened for prevention of such violence, including sexual harassment at work place and customs like dowry; for the rehabilitation of the victims of violence and for taking effective action against the perpetrators of such violence.  A special emphasis will also be laid on programmes and measures to deal with trafficking in women and girls."

Under the Operational Strategies, the Policy provides:

a)         Strict enforcement of relevant legal provisions and speedy redressal of grievances with special    focus on violence and gender related atrocities;

b)        Measures to prevent and punish sexual harassment at work place and protection of women workers in the organised/unorganized sector

c)         Crime against women - their incidence, prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution to be reviewed regularly at all Crime Review fora at the Central, State  and District levels.

d)        Women's Cells in Police Stations, Women Police Stations, Family Courts, Mahila Courts, Family  Counseling Centres, Legal Aid and Nayaya Panchayats to be strengthened  and expanded to eliminate VAW and atrocities against women

The Policy  also provides that "Women's Cells in Police Stations, Women Police Stations, Family Courts, Mahila Courts, Counseling Centers, Legal Aid Centers and Nyaya Panchayats will be strengthened and expanded to eliminate violence and atrocities against women"  (para 13.3 (d)). 

Full Text

National Policy on the Empowerment of Women

Source of Information

Response of the Government of India to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010