In­stances of re­port­ing vi­o­lence against women down this decade

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Rhythma Kaul rhythma.kaul@hin­dus­tan­

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%).

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