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Women have been the weaker section of the society and have always been looked down as a commodity which can be used, re-used and abused. This paper highlights the status of women in the society and the nature and magnitude of violence taking place against women across the world. Describes various kinds of violence which are taking place against women such as domestic violence, female foeticide and infanticide, child marriage, rape, sexual harassment at workplace, trafficking and prostitution.

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