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Why domestic violence is still frequent in India today?



In India 62.5% people belong to the section of lower income household. You may be married but, many people come from a family of divorce. So, did 1 per cent of people in the country. Maybe you are perfectly alright but today you won't lose much time to know about a person who recovered from a life-threatening accident. She was on the verge of being disabled but she recovered from it. In India 16.47% people of the society are disabled. Crime does not distinguish with people belonging to different sections of the society. In India a crime like domestic violence still prevails today.



Physical Violence

Sexual Violence

Psychological Violence




Table 1: Rate of Domestic violence against women in India. 

Image Source: Poushali Sengupta for The Social Talks.



She belongs to the poor section of society. After being widowed in middle age she started to work as a domestic help in houses. Her situation can't be blamed as she was married off at an early age to a man almost twice her age.


Drunkard as he was, he used to beat his wife now and then. Such beatings led to blood clots in her head and she almost lost her right leg as she was working in her husband's hotel. She used to cook there from dawn to night to earn money to feed her children.


She has two kids, a boy and a child. The boy was 12 years old and the girl was 1 year when her husband died. She was left to starve by her in-laws, and her children slept without having any food for days. She started to mend umbrellas and make paper packets.


Her journey started from there she started working in households as an attendee to patients and kids. Her life was no less than a war. She educated both of her kids. She married off her son, supported him when he got infected with a deadly disease and even looked after her daughter-in-law when she was expecting her child.


Still, she got beaten by her son. Her daughter who was still in school neglected her when she needed her. She suffered a cerebral stroke as she was working in a household. She was forced to move out of her in-law's house by her brother-in-law a long time ago. She used to stay with her son, but her son moved out with his wife after a brawl.


Never did she shy away from her fight with her kids. But still, after all, that she did for her kids and family, today she is a burden. The domestic violence that she suffered, and her fight against hunger and poverty proved futile. Nobody wants to stand beside her except her old parents and even in their eyes she is unwanted.


Her story is not very different from a woman that works in many of your houses. Her situation is not to be pitied but we need to raise our voices so that no more women end up like her.

Edited By: Kavya Vengkateshwaran




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