Domestic Violence: Women and men are both most likely to agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she shows disrespect for her in-laws.
Refusal to have sex, any kind of argument, not cooking properly, intentionally or unintentionally disrespecting anyone in the family the reasons are many and wives are getting beaten by their husbands. India may have many strict laws and regulations against domestic violence but is that enough to maintain the line?
Not really, recently resulted National Family Health Survey (NFHS) says, 45% of women and 44.2% of men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of the “seven specified circumstances”, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS – 5), 2019–21.
Women and men are both most likely to agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she shows disrespect for her in-laws (32% and 31%, respectively), and are both least likely to agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she refuses to have sex with him (11% and 10%, respectively), as per the survey.
A husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under each of the seven circumstances: she goes out without telling him, she neglects the house or the children, she argues with him, she refuses to have sex with him, she doesn’t cook food properly, he suspects her of being unfaithful, and she shows disrespect for her in-laws.
The respondents who answered “yes” in at least one circumstance were considered to have attitudes that justify wife-beating. The sample included women and men aged 15-49.
If we take a look at the stats of domestic violence in India it’s kind of shocking again:
30% of women aged 18-49 have experienced physical violence since age 15, 6% have ever experienced sexual violence in their lifetime and 3% of ever-pregnant women aged 18-49 have experienced physical violence during any pregnancy, the survey said.
About 32% of ever-married women aged 18-49 have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional spousal violence. The most common type of spousal violence is physical violence (28%), followed by emotional violence (14%). 6% of ever-married women aged 18-49 have experienced spousal sexual violence.
All these numbers are resulted from the reported cases and surveys from people who lives normally in urban areas. If we take a dig at other undeveloped and rural areas of the country these numbers can be dangerous!
On the other hands we all believe that development is a long process and these numbers are getting decreased year-by-year but not by the rate of our growth. India cannot be a developed country with such surveys and their results.
We have many strict laws and regulation to control the domestic violence we are conducting many programmes to spread the awareness between rural areas and the urban. But all these ways don’t seem working anymore. There should be a long drive to pull of domestic violence from its roots.
A drive all over the nation involving each and every citizen. Making them understand the values and morals of Indian culture and its purity!