School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Field of Research:
Medical and Health Sciences
Associate Professor Jennie Barr; Dr Marika Guggisberg; Associate Professor Anthony Welch
Doctor of Philosophy
A Historical Research Approach to Discovering the Causes and Effects of the Staggering Statistics of Rape & Sexual Violence Towards Women in India and the Changes in Attitudes towards Such Violence Found in Literature.
This study will explore the changes in legislation regarding rape and sexual violence in India since the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ multiple perpetrator rape (MPR) incident, as well as discover the underlying circumstances of rape in India as identified in publicly available documents, with consideration to culture, religion and social demographics of known rape cases in India over the past 6 years. This study will also determine if there has been a change in media portrayal of the stories of rape since the MPR incident in India (2012) and in the way rape is portrayed in government or other reports.
Why my research is important/Impacts
The findings of this study will contribute to the limited knowledge of why a rape crisis in India is occurring despite changes in legislation. The findings of this study will also assist to make recommendations of what could be done to change attitudes to reduce the occurrence of rape in general, particularly MPR.