A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health (JECH), has found that one in three women in India has been subject to some form of domestic abuse in her lifetime but only one in ten women had reported the violence to the police or a healthcare professional, suggesting the fear of retaliation remained strong. The violence not just impacts the victim but also children, families and the community at large. Every individual irrespective of gender, socio-economic status, educational qualification has a right to live a life with dignity and self-esteem, a life where they feel protected and happy.
Gendre based violation is a human right violation where we are depriving an individual of their rights, her freedom, her happiness and at times even her life. As a member of the community, it is the responsibility of each individual to raise his/her voice against this injustice. It’s time that we all become a part of the solution ….. until it’s too late and we realize that someone from our family or friend has become a victim of DV.
Harry Kaur a mother of two shares her story of domestic abuse. Harry talks about her life journey filled with turmoils and quandaries she faced in her married life. Her husband was a drug addict, a fact which was hidden from Harry by her in- laws. It’s a story that will inspire you and motivate you to fight your way through difficult situations in life.
Gender based violence is a sad reality of a country which is emerging as the fastest growing economy in the world .
According to a survey, 27 per cent of women have experienced physical violence since the age 15 in India. This experience of physical violence among women is more common in rural areas than among women in urban areas. Domestic violence cases, where women reported physical abuse in rural and urban areas, were at 29 per cent and 23 percent, respectively ( News 18, Every Third Woman In India Suffers Physical Violence at Home, 2021 )
It’s time we identify it and raise our voice against physical abuse in marital relationships.
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