(Dis)Connected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women in India
Violence Against Women (VAW) has been continuous and widespread in urban India. The most recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show an 83% increase in reported crimes against women in India between 2012 and 2017.
In response, scholars and activists alike have urged the importance of exploring links between VAW and urban contexts. While policy attention on this issue has surged in recent years the link between urban infrastructure and the types of VAW that take place across public and private spheres of the city remains little understood.
Infrastructure in cities can mean more than just pipes, cables, bridges and roads – urban infrastructure is a complex assemblage of physical, digital and people. In order to make cities more inclusive, equitable and sustainable, it is important to broaden our understanding of what can be considered infrastructure and how this is connected to Violence Against Women.