Crime
 
Criminally accused politicians and economic outcomes
Tasneem Ahmed , Nishith Prakash , Marc Rockmore , Yogesh Uppal
Posted on: 15 Jan 2016

Despite a history of widely contested and transparent elections, and presence of vibrant and open media, an increasing number of criminally accused politicians are being elected in India. Based on an analysis of elections to State Legislative Assemblies during 2004-2008 in 20 states, this column finds that electing a politician accused of a serious or financial crime adversely affects economic growth and public service delivery in the constituency.
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Women’s economic empowerment and domestic violence
Aparna Mathur
Posted on: 13 Mar 2015
Topics:   Gender , Crime

The safety of women in India – both inside and outside homes – is a major concern. This column explores the link between women’s economic empowerment, in the form of stronger inheritance rights and working status, and the incidence of domestic violence. It suggests that empowering women through income and wealth reduces the likelihood of them becoming victims of domestic violence.
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Rape: The shame of a nation
Chandan Jha , Sudipta Sarangi
Posted on: 21 Feb 2014
Topics:   Gender , Crime

The proliferating number of rape incidents in India is chilling. This column discusses the various perspectives on the causes of rape, and the economic, social and legal factors that play a role in the high incidence of this crime in the country. It suggests taking steps to increase the cost of rapes for the perpetrators.
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The power of women’s political voice
Lakshmi Iyer , Anandi Mani
Posted on: 17 Jun 2013

With more women in power, can India’s women expect to see a fall in violent crime committed against them? This column looks at the effect of a law to mandate minimum numbers for women in public office – its findings are both surprising and encouraging.
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Violence against married women in India: Can the data tell us anything?
Sreeparna Ghosh
Posted on: 11 Feb 2013
Topics:   Gender , Crime

Violence against women in India has recently been brought to the world’s attention. But for too long the problem has been under reported. This column looks at what the data can tell us.
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India’s missing women by age and state
Siwan Anderson , Debraj Ray
Posted on: 11 Jan 2013
Topics:   Gender , Crime

This column presents results of a study that breaks down “missing women” by age across the Indian states. It illustrates that Indian women face the risk of excess mortality at every stage of their lives, and attempts to explain excess female deaths in India after birth.
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