Why we campaign against gender violence

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Take a look at this report in the New Indian Express which highlights the appalling (but not surprising) finding that Tamil Nadu women justify violence more than men.

Nalini Ravichandran, TN women surpass men in justifying wife-beating, The New Indian Express, September 23, 2009.

CHENNAI: A study by International Institute for Population Sciences reveals 51 per cent young men and 56 per cent young women in Tamil Nadu justify wife-beating. Around 8,000 youngsters responded to queries posed in the study conducted between May 2006 and January 2007. The study will be given to the State Health Ministry on Wednesday.

 

Youngsters from both the sexes justify wife-beating under four circumstances — if a man suspects his wife’s fidelity; if a woman disagrees with her husband’s opinion; if a woman goes out without telling her husband; if a woman refuses to have sexual relations with her husband.

 

Among unmarried youth, about 31 per cent men believe they will be right in assaulting their wives if they go out without informing them or disagree with their opinion. Beating men in the opinion stakes, 38 per cent women believe they deserve to be beaten if they do not agree with their husbands.

About 36 per cent women feel beating is justifiable when women go out without telling husbands. About 33 per cent married men believe they can hit their wives if they are unfaithful or disagree with them. Among married women, 43 per cent justify being beaten if they fail to inform their husbands while going out.

 

In the study, more than a quarter of women admitted to being victims of physical violence and about 34 per cent men said they had perpetrated it. 

CHENNAI: A study by International Institute for Population Sciences reveals 51 per cent young men and 56 per cent young women in Tamil Nadu justify wife-beating. Around 8,000 youngsters responded to queries posed in the study conducted between May 2006 and January 2007. The study will be given to the State Health Ministry on Wednesday.

 

Youngsters from both the sexes justify wife-beating under four circumstances — if a man suspects his wife’s fidelity; if a woman disagrees with her husband’s opinion; if a woman goes out without telling her husband; if a woman refuses to have sexual relations with her husband.

 

Among unmarried youth, about 31 per cent men believe they will be right in assaulting their wives if they go out without informing them or disagree with their opinion. Beating men in the opinion stakes, 38 per cent women believe they deserve to be beaten if they do not agree with their husbands.

About 36 per cent women feel beating is justifiable when women go out without telling husbands. About 33 per cent married men believe they can hit their wives if they are unfaithful or disagree with them. Among married women, 43 per cent justify being beaten if they fail to inform their husbands while going out.

 

In the study, more than a quarter of women admitted to being victims of physical violence and about 34 per cent men said they had perpetrated it.

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4 thoughts on “Why we campaign against gender violence

  1. sajidamajeed

    I am sajida. I have the opinion that a wife desers punishment in certain circumstances. 1)for disobeying him. 2, behaving dis respectful towards his parents 3, going out and doing things without his permission 4 arguing against him 5 For being extravaggent 6 Not raising up to his expectation.
    I regularly beaten by my husband for any of the above. Example ,My husband never allow me to go outside without wearing purdah. But once i went to the nearest shop with out wearing purdah. He saw me and slap me from the same time and beat me 100 times with a stick Till then i never repeated it. I think he beat me for correcting me. If our husband cannot currect us who else will do that.

  2. Devyani

    What really surprises me is that in a state like Tamil Nadu, where women are seen in public space, that going out without the permission of your husband, and disagreeing with him, were cited as reasons that justify violence…

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