Electrification, women's empowerment, and crime

The proposed research investigates the relationship between electrification, women’s safety, and crime in India.

As a country develops, it is expected that an increase in the provision of public utilities (e.g., electrification, water supply, sanitation etc.), along with the betterment of women's position in the society (e.g., higher labour force participation by women, empowerment, lower gender pay-gap etc.) and a robust law and order (e.g., low crime rates including less crime against women and children, better policing etc.) will result in better social and economic outcomes.

The project explores this nexus in context of India. The data available so far suggests that while electrification rates have increased considerably in the past two decades, so has crime and the progress on women's empowerment is mixed.  

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.