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One of the most overlooked forms of violence in today’s society is violence against women. Violence against women in the north eastern state of Assam has become a cause for severe concern as like all over India, women in Assam too have been facing violence in the domestic and public spheres. Assam registered second-highest number of incidents of crime against women in the entire country. According to the NCRB report of 2012, Assam tops the rate of cognizable crimes against women in India in 2012 at 89.54%. This high incidence of crime against women is a matter of great concern. The data available with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that most of the cases are related to kidnapping, rape and cases of domestic violence under section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Despite various legal provisions in the state to protect women against domestic abuse, women are still victims of domestic violence, dowry, rape, kidnapping and other forms of atrocities, both physical and mental.