Conflict and Violence

S. N. Jha




Violence can occur in the public as well as the private domains. In the public domain, acts of violence have taken specific forms like caste and class violence, communal violence, criminal violence, sexual violence and ethnic violence. Violence in the private domain includes violence in marital life, criminal acts, instances of suicide and crimes of personal rivalry and jealousy, even by individuals without any criminal record. In this chapter, we will take a look at violence mainly in the public domain, and also, briefly, in the private one.

Indian society has witnessed a significant level of violence in the public sphere and there are indications that it has been on the rise over the years (see Figure ...

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