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Women's Empowerment and Forced Sex within Marriage in Rural India

This paper sheds light on the role of key indicators of rural women's empowerment in India in influencing their risk of experiencing forced sex within marriage. Additionally, it also highlights the continuing influence of dowry on forced sex experiences within marriage. It argues for programmes that enhance women's autonomy within their marital homes and encourage education. Further, programmes and laws targeting the prevention of dowry exchange need to be simultaneously developed.

SPECIAL ARTICLE Women’s Empowerment and Forced Sex within Marriage in Rural India

Rajib Acharya, Shagun Sabarwal, Shireen J Jejeebhoy This paper sheds light on the role of key indicators of rural women’s empowerment in India in influencing their risk of experiencing forced sex within marriage. Additionally, it also highlights the continuing influence of dowry on forced sex experiences within marriage. It argues for programmes that enhance women’s autonomy within their marital homes and encourage education. Further, programmes and laws targeting the prevention of dowry exchange need to be simultaneously developed.

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