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The need to eradicate Domestic Violence

Violence is never domestic, it roars wild where every day she serves dinner to the carnivore in porcelain made out of her broken bones. It is a harsh reality that in today’s so-called modernized world where everyone talks about feminism, there are a vast number of cases relating to the heinous crime of domestic violence. Large numbers of women are shunned down to report their cases due to fear of losing their family or aftermath of the legal proceedings so they just remain silent and suffer their misery. Although there are several laws in place to protect everyone’s welfare, then also these kinds of cases still exist as people are not aware of their rights or the laws that are present to protect them.


Meaning:


Domestic violence also known as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, and intimate partner abuse is any kind of maltreatment that takes place in a heterosexual or homosexual romantic relationship between adults or adolescents. It is one of the major public health issues as it affects millions of people who suffer major emotional and physical injuries and even deaths. Domestic violence not only means physical abusive behavior it also includes verbal, emotional, or psychological violence which means demeaning, criticizing, or in any way decreasing the confidence of his/her partner which severely affects human behavior which may lead to depression or other diseases.


Effects of Domestic Violence:

There are cases where we can see that if the victim is not able to get justice, he/she may indulge in criminal activities as in the case of Kiranjeet Ahluwalia (R v. Ahluwalia [1992] 4 ALL ER 889.) which caught the attention when after suffering ten years of domestic violence she burnt her husband to death in 1992 in the UK. This case caught the attention internationally but there are also cases that occur in small villages where people are burnt, slaughtered without getting any attention. Research in 2003 found that around 1300 deaths were attributed to domestic abuse. Research into deaths that result from domestic abuse in the USA and Austria indicates that more than 50% of women murdered are the result of domestic violence. Women are threatened by their own family members to not report their cases giving the reasons such as their so-called reputation will get lowered or it will affect the whole family. The actual reason why most of the cases of domestic violence are unreported is due to the social stigma of the society and the attitude of women themselves think them as subservient, not just to their male counterparts but also to their other male relatives.


The Government in order to curb the instances of domestic violence and to protect the women who are victims of it enacted, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. However, the above-mentioned Act has various drawbacks such as, many times police do not file the First Information Report (FIR) which is the first step in order to start the legal proceedings. So, in order to provide women, the justice they truly deserve, issues like these need to be solved immediately.

References

  • Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, Domestic Violence.

  • Michael P.Johnson, Domestic Violence: It's Not About Gender-Or Is It?, JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY, DECEMBER 2005, 67, 5; Research Library Core pg. 112

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pranjala Raj, is currently studying law from RMLNLU, Lucknow.

EDITED BY: Swati Tolambia

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