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Femicide: An Epidemic for Women and Girls

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on what femicide is, its various forms and causes, which groups are more vulnerable to this abuse, and the Indian laws relevant to this violation. Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. What you, as a bystander, are going through while supporting a survivor is absolutely okay and typical too! If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

Written by: Megha Kishore 


Violence against women is not new. It has been prevalent for thousands of years. This includes verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and femicide. Most of these forms of violence are committed by current or former partners (UN WOMEN, n.d.).

What is femicide?

Femicide is a form of violence that appears at the extreme end of the violence spectrum. Femicide involves intentional murder of women because they are women. It also includes killing girls. It’s mostly perpetrated by men and sometimes family members of the victim.

What are the causes for femicide to occur?

What types of femicide exist?

Which groups are more likely to perpetrate femicide?

Which groups are more likely to be affected by femicide?

How can we reduce the rates of femicide?

How can we work towards ending femicide?

What are the laws and Indian Penal Code (IPC) relevant to femicide?

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