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==Domestic Violence In India==
* Even though laws against dowry have been made stricter since the early 1980s, the enduring practice is cited as the chief trigger for physical violence by husbands and in-laws.
* The five-year study, involving more than 1800 women who approached the Delhi police’s Crimes Against Women Cell for help, also revealed the disturbing fact that only 17%of abused women received support from their parents after they were thrown out of their marital homes by abusive husbands or in-laws.
* In July 2009, Banglore witnessed a ‘court of women on dowry and related forms of violence against women,’ aiming to focus attention, once again, on the continuing and apparently growing phenomenon of ‘ dowry deaths’ that first came to public notice in the late 1970s.
* According to obtain an accurate picture of the prevalence of such crimes-thanks to inadequate and contradictory data-unofficial estimates put the number of such deaths at 25,000 per year.
* And that figure does not reflect the many more women scarred and maimed as a result of attempts on their lives within their marital homes.
* These sobering realities are acknowledge by most feminists. As publisher and activist Ritu Menon says, ‘After more than 25 years of women’s activism, one is forced to conclude that, for the majority of women, the more things change, the more they remain the same. ‘Winter Shashi Deshpande points out failures on the ideological level as well: ‘The word ‘feminism’ remains even more derided than before.
* It is not properly more derided than before. it is not properly understood that the women’s movement is merely asking that one half of humanity should find its rightful place.
* ‘She concedes, however that it has created awareness and brought about a different understanding of women’s place in society. ‘As a writer, I have seen the difference in the way women have been writing, the way in which women’s writing is regarded,’ she says.
* According to journalist and activist Laxmi Murthy, ‘The single most significant achievement of the women’s movement in India is visibility for the women occupy a secondary status and that there are structural inequalities in all spheres-economic, political, cultural, legal, etc. – that keep women down’.
* She also credits the movement with some success in bringing about systemic changes in all these areas.