UN study says that six out of 10 Indian men admit violence against wives

Six out of ten Indian men admit to have perpetrated violence against wives /partners. The study also indicated that men who experienced discrimination as children or faced financial stresses more likely to be abusive.

This report has been prepared by the United Nations World Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Washington based International Centre for Research on Women. They polled 9,205 men, aged between 18 to 49, across seven states in India.

Violence consists of insults, intimidation and threats, or physical and sexual such as pushing, punching and rape. It also included economic abuse in which a man did not permit his wife or partner to work or took her earnings against her will.

The study was taken across through Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra – found that men had experienced discrimination as children were four times more likely to be violent towards their partners. The report shows that the highest reports of violence came from Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. More than 70 percent of men in these regions have admitted to being abusive towards their wives and partners.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), more than 38 percent of all crimes committed against women in the country in 2013 were those registered under the charge of cruelty by husband or his relatives.

Frederika Meijer, the head of UNFPA in India, said that this research into causes of violence would help structure programmes to engage men and boys more effectively.

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