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Opinion: Why Domestic Violence Is Still At Its Peak In These States?

Opinion: Why Domestic Violence Is Still At Its Peak In These States? 80% Women Accepts the Fact of Being Beaten by Men

A Survey says, an average 80% Women in 3 states accepted the fact of men beating their Wives. Why India is still facing the domestic violence on the verge of being the developing nations in the world.


A Survey says, an average 80% Women in 3 states accepted the fact of men beating their Wives. Why India is still facing the domestic violence on the verge of being the developing nations in the world.

Survey by National Family Health Survey (NFHS) concluded that over 30 per cent women from 14 of the 18 states and Union Territories that were surveyed justify men beating their wives under certain circumstances, while lesser percentage of men rationalised such behaviour.

According to the survey, around 80 per cent women justified men beating their wives in three states — Telangana (84 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (84 per cent) and Karnataka (77 per cent).

The survey put forward the probable circumstances under which a husband does domestic violence: if he suspects her of being unfaithful; if she disrespects in-laws; if she argues with him; if she refuses to have sex with him; if she goes out without informing him; if she neglects the house or the children; if she doesn’t cook good food.

The most common reasons given by the respondents to justify beating were neglecting the house or children and showing disrespect to in-laws.

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Of the 18 states, women respondents in 13 — Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Gujarat, Nagaland, Goa, Bihar, Karnataka, Assam, Maharashtra, Telangana, Nagaland and West Bengal — cited “disrespect to in-laws” as the main reason to justify beating.

But the question still remains as why India is surrounded by such degraded issue like domestic violence. By the year the numbers are rising in some states while decreasing in few. Another reason analysts gave that Covid pandemic has hit the numbers as well.

Data pertaining to surveys held in 2019-21 was released Wednesday. These were conducted in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura and West Bengal.

Sharada A L, director of Population First, an NGO working for women rights, said: “This kind of patriarchal mentality is deeply imbibed in the minds of the women who think that serving their family and husband should be their first priority.”

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