Instances of reporting violence against women down this decade
NEW DELHI: Fewer women are reporting instances of violence against them, with recorded cases falling from 24% in 2005-06 to 14% in 2015-16.
Data provided by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), India’s biggest survey of social indicators, also showed around 76% of women who faced physical or sexual violence never sought help or informed anyone.
Financial dependence, lack of education and little or no social support are some reasons for women choosing to suffer in silence.
“The mindset of society needs to change because women who report cases of violence still face a lot of stigma. Such women find minimal or no support at all,” says Rekha Sharma, chairperson, National Commission for Women. “Women are (usually) financially dependent on men, and in the absence of any fallback option, they don’t have a choice but to put up with abuse without complaining,” she adds.
Seeking help is more common among women who have experienced both physical and sexual violence (28%) than those who have suffered either one of the two (10-12%). The most common source of help is the woman’s family (65%), the husband’s family (28%) and friends (16%).