Gender-based violence (GBV) increases during every type of emergency – whether economic crises, conflict or disease outbreaks. Pre-existing toxic social norms and gender inequalities, economic and social stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, have led to an exponential increase in GBV. Many women have been in ‘lockdown’ at home with their abusers while being cut off from normal support services. Pratyusha’s paper reviews the gender-based violence against women in the South Asian region during this pandemic. She argues that in this complex pandemic condition, the gender-based violence against women is on an upsurge due to an environment that sparks diverse forms of violence against women. The paper covers the perspectives, root causes, and direct-indirect factors that lead to the formation of a perpetuator’s mind-set in the present scenario. She also looks into the situation of every South Asian country and the role that these governments have played, if at all. In conclusion, the paper examines the loopholes in governance while highlighting the significance and requirements of steps at the national and the international levels to combat this menace.
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