In India some belated attempts are being made to deal more harshly with domestic violence. There are some very worrying stats here:
Every six hours, a young married woman is burned, beaten to death or driven to commit suicide, officials say. Overall, a crime against women is committed every three minutes in India, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau.
“We have been trying for long to protect women from domestic violence. In India alone, around 70% of women are victim of these violent acts in one or the other form,” junior minister for women and child development Renuka Chowdhury told the Press Trust of India news agency.
A survey by the International Institute for Population Studies showed 56% of Indian women believed wife beating to be justified in certain circumstances. The reasons varied from going out without the husband’s permission to cooking a bad meal. Domestic abuse is often denied by the victims themselves.
The real problem here is of course that women themselves don’t stand up against the domestic abuse or are pressured by ‘the community’ to keep quiet.
I was at a debate recently which was primarily attended by first-generation older British Asians. Eventually the issue of culture came up and many lamented that Asian culture was “being lost” or values were “deteriorating” amongst the youth. Rubbish, I said.
While it is true that young British Asians are adopting a more individualistic culture as opposed to family-led traditions, in many ways this can be quite liberating; epecially when it comes to exposing issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, dowry demands, sexism and more. In theory a more traditional and family-led culture sounds great; but in practice we see many social ills being swept underneath the carpet in favour of preserving so-called izzat. Where is the nobility in that?
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