Public Spaces and Sexual Harassment in India

April 8, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Saunders 244 Add to Calendar

This research focuses on female sexual harassment in public spaces such as transit areas that include bus/metro stops, public streets and parks. In this study, we assess the extent and nature of sexual harassment victimization that occurs in public spaces with specific references to public transit areas in India. We also evaluate and compare victims' perceived rationale for why it occurs with actual victimization experiences from competing feminist theoretical perspectives that include patriarchy, masculinity, and empowerment. Further, we examine the psychological impact of victimization and their coping strategies. The data for this study came from the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi in India. We employed multi-stage cluster and quota sampling technique resulting in a total sample of 1387 respondents of females and males. Findings and policy implications are discussed.

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