Domestic Violence against Women

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Problematic of Domestic Violence against Women in Contemporary Indian Scenario

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Problematic of Domestic Violence against Women in Contemporary Indian Scenario:

Problematic of Domestic Violence against Women in Contemporary Indian Scenario Presented by Ms. Sapna Bhardwaj Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj

Woman’s status:

Woman’s status Karyeshu Mantri, Karaneshu Daasi, Rupecha Lakshmi, Kshmayaa Dharitrii. Bhojyeshu Mata, Shayanetu Rambha, Shat Karma Yukta, Kula Dharma Patni. (as in Acharya 351)

The Problem:

The Problem “Any act of gender-based violence that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.“(Article 1) The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence as Universal Problem:

Domestic Violence as Universal Problem “Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence — yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned”.- UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, 8 March 2007

Ideology:

Ideology Prejudice as Biologically weak. Men - dominance and control. Women - submission, dependence. Female children introduced with domestic violence from childhood. Female Infanticides. Confined to the myth that women made for domestic chores and child care.

Forms of Domestic Violence:

Forms of Domestic Violence Physical violence :- Slapping, kicking, tearing hair pushing and pulling, dragging trying to choke her or burn hitting with an object, attempting to strangulate and threatening. Sexual violence :- Forceful sexual intercourse without wife’s will force the partner to perform sexual acts that she does not want.

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Psychological/ Emotional Abuse :- Verbal abuse Sarcastic remarks in the presence of outsiders, Insult and humiliation before others. Threatening to hurt or kill her. Imposing severe restrictions. Ignoring the wife in decision-making. Frequent complaints to her parents, friends etc.

Key Facts From NCR:

Key Facts From NCR Type of Sexual Harassment % of Women Experiencing Sexual Harassment North Delhi Verbal 66.3 Visual 46.1 Physical 32.6 Stalking 46.1 Violent Physical Attacks 22.5 Sexual Assault 10.1 None 10.1

Where it Exists?:

Where it Exists? Areas Communal Violence The Family . The community. The society . For eg . Bibi Jagir Kaur , Khap Panchayats, Islamic Community.

Disease:

Disease Physical:- Headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, limited mobility and poor overall health. unintended pregnancies, gynecological problems, induced abortions and sexually transmitted infections, like HIV. Intimate partner violence in pregnancy also increases the likelihood of miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term delivery and low birth weight. Psychological:- Domestic violence can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep difficulties, eating disorders, and emotional distress and suicide attempts.

Injuries Due to Spousal Violence:

Injuries Due to Spousal Violence Percent of women who have experienced spousal violence who had:

Awareness:

Awareness Law enforcement agencies by the courts. social service agencies. corrections & probation agencies. NGOs:- to spread awareness amongst people regarding the legal rights they have in hand for fighting against the atrocities they are subjected to.

Women’s Movement in India:

Women’s Movement in India Growth in autonomous women’s organizations. Awareness of women’s rights Demand for special cells of women police. Change in women’s status:- Politics, Economics and Society Campaigns about violence against women (from the individual to the community level)

Laws under the Indian Penal Code (IPC):

Laws under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Dowry Prohibition Act. Section 304B Section 498A Section 376: Rape law Section 294: Obscene acts and songs Section 354: Intent to outrage a woman’s modesty

‘Hope For Sunrise’:

‘Hope For Sunrise’

Summary:

Summary Women suffer violence wordlessly. Almost two out of five ever-married women in India are subject to spousal violence Women’s awareness for her own rights- important step Strict Laws and NGO’s initiatives. Education and Social Awareness.

Thank You:

Thank You

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