NEW DELHI: It’s a shocking revelation in this day and age. Not just Indian men, but even adolescents - in the 15-19 age group - feel that wife beating is justified.
Unicef’s “Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012”, says that 57% of adolescent boys in India think a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife.
Over half of the Indian adolescent girls, or around 53% think that a husband is justified in beating his wife. In comparison, 41% women in Bangladesh and 54% in Sri Lanka harbour a similar feeling . In Nepal, however, the prevalence of both men and women justifying domestic violence is inordinately high at 88% and 80%, respectively.
This is so sad and these statistics are absolutely appalling. it’s the kind of thing where I really wish I knew what could be done to help, but I just don’t know.