When Home Is No Refuge for Women

Source: The New York Times

NEW DELHI — This month, two women’s stories, told courageously, helped to underline the reality of domestic violence in India. Nita Bhalla, a journalist, wrote for the BBC about being physically assaulted by her partner. Meena Kandasamy, a poet and writer on social issues, wrote movingly in Outlook, a national newsmagazine, of surviving a violent marriage: “My skin has seen enough hurt to tell its own story.”

Both Ms. Kandasamy and Ms. Bhalla are, in Ms. Bhalla’s phrase, “professional, educated, independent” women, but as surveys of domestic violence in the country indicate, their empowerment was no protection against abuse.

In 2005-6, the National Health and Family Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health in households across 29 states, mapped domestic violence in India. It found that about 40 percent of married women across the country had experienced domestic violence; the survey called it a serious public health problem.


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  1. In the Islamic prayer recited during marriage both parties our repeatedly admonished to fear God in their conducts, relationships and dealing with each other. Unless, a man realizes that they are given a divine gift in the form of a wife and that he will be responsible and accountable how he has treated this gift, marriage usually ends up in such sad situations mentioned in the article. On the other hand, women are given the responsibilies to raise their boys as such men who will love and treat their spouses as a gift from God. In short, unless a family reverts back to God for their moral and spiritual bond, no doctor or police forces can remedy this situation. Ofcourse, the other dimension is that the laws of a country are just and fair for both men and women.

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