By Soumyaditya Dasgupta, WBNUJS.
Crime is considered to be a ‘gendered’ phenomenon. Criminal offenders tend to be mostly men. The number of female offenders are far fewer than that of male offenders. So does it mean that females do not commit crimes? Or the number of crimes committed by women are less reported? Or are the crimes committed by them of such nature that they are not conspicuous? The number of female victims of crimes are 48.2 % of the population but the number of female perpetrators of crimes are much lesser than that. The recent Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 has made several offences under the IPC gender specific from gender neutral. It is considered that these offences can only be committed against women and only men can perpetrate these crimes. These crimes include rape, sexual harassment, stalking etc. Was it a good move to make these crimes gender specific? Continue reading