Lack of sep­a­rate data on vi­o­lence against dis­abled women up­sets UN body

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New Delhi: Lack of sep­a­rate data in the Na­tional Crime Records Bureau for cases of gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women and girls with dis­abil­i­ties and in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence has evoked con­cern from the United Na­tion’s com­mit­tee of in­de­pen­dent ex­perts on the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (CRPD).

The ref­er­ence to the im­por­tance of data for plan­ning is sig­nif­i­cant as the NCRB data was last re­leased in 2016 and new data is still awaited. The CRPD’s ob­ser­va­tions bring fo­cus on the need for a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory of data on vi­o­lence against dis­abled women and girls.

In its con­clud­ing ob­ser­va­tions up­loaded on the United Na­tions web­site in the sec­tion of coun­try re­ports, CRPD has put out its con­cerns and rec­om­men­da­tions in re­sponse to the ini­tial re­ports sub­mit­ted by In­dia on the mea­sures taken by the coun­try to se­cure the rights of dis­abled in keep­ing with the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties. In­dia rat­i­fied the con­ven­tion in 2007.

In a sec­tion per­tain­ing

to free­dom from ex­ploita­tion, vi­o­lence and abuse, the CRPD rec­om­mends that the govern­ment must en­sure that NCRB col­lect data dis­ag­gre­gated by sex, age, place of res­i­dence, re­la­tion­ship with per­pe­tra­tor and dis­abil­ity in cases of vi­o­lence and ex­ploita­tion, in­clud­ing gen­der - based vi­o­lence against women and girls with dis­abil­i­ties, and vi­o­lence in­flicted by in­ti­mate part­ners.

In view of the tar­gets un­der the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the state must en­sure both dis­abil­ity spe­cific and dis­abil­ity in­clu­sive, main­stream data col­lec­tion. It sug­gests that In­dia can draw upon the method­ol­ogy of the “Wash­ing­ton Group short set of ques­tions on dis­abil­ity statistics” to col­lect, an­a­lyse, gather and dis­sem­i­nate data on its dis­abled pop­u­la­tion dis­ag­gre­gated by sex, age, eth­nic­ity, dis­abil­ity, so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus and em­ploy­ment. The panel also rec­om­mended that data must take into ac­count bar­ri­ers en­coun­tered by per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and place of res­i­dence. Data should also be col­lected on cases of dis­crim­i­na­tion or vi­o­lence against per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

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