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