Violence against girls and women in the country’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh rose from 23.5 per cent in 2015-16 to 51 per cent in 2018-19
Also sexual violence increased from 30 per cent to 48 per cent in the same period, according to a new study based on a survey of 10,100 adolescents.
The results of the findings were released on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
When asked why UP was chosen for the study, the Population Council said it is because it is the most populous state in the country.
The UDAYA (Understanding the lives of adolescents and young adults) study by NGO Population Council was carried out on 10,100 adolescents in Uttar Pradesh in 2015-16.
The same set of adolescents were re-interviewed in 2018-19. According to the study, the number of married girls who reported ever experiencing emotional, physical or sexual violence almost doubled