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Sep 11, 2020 | Asiya Wani

Domestic Violence: The horrors of 68 days

In degrading women, we degrade the highest qualities of our human nature and in elevating her, we elevate our highest nature

  

  • UK has reported femicide rates higher than they have been in the past 11 years
  • From March 25 to May 31, 1,477 complaints of domestic violence were reported
  • Men are frustrated sitting at home and are taking out that frustration on women: Rekha Sh

 

The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons in human history. While most of us will remember it for disastrous Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted the normal life but among the feminine gender who suffered from the brutalities of strong gender will remember it as a year of extreme violence.

Though some people are of the opinion that the pandemic has some positive impacts on us like it has reduced environmental pollution and made the family relationships strong which had become weak as everyone among us was busy with worldly affairs; but this pandemic has undoubtedly given rise to the lousy evil of domestic violence. Women folk have suffered much from the evil of domestic violence during the lockdown imposed because of the deadly disease.

The main slogan used to combat the battle against Covid-19 is ‘stay home, stay safe’ but for many women staying at home means nothing as safe as the slogan says. The loss of security in the world is only a reflection of the loss of security in the house. A lot of what we see outside is really a reflection of what’s happening inside. 

A murder

At around 02:30 am, Daniel Jimenez woke up because of his neighbour’s screams. When he went outside his home in Los Pajarillos neighborhood of Valladolid in north-west Spain, he saw a woman hanging from a third floor window. Another neighbour rushed out with mattresses to help break her fall but he was too late. She fell to her death. Is the universal slogan ‘stay home, stay safe’ equally helpful to women?

On one hand, we ask women to stay home due to Covid-19 and on other hand some monster men beat them, abuse them physically and sexually and in some even they are killed as well.

The words mostly used in present health crisis like ‘self isolation’, ‘stay at home’, ‘practice social distancing’ and ‘recession’ are all terrifying for women who are living with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The lives of these women are often filled with fear and danger even under normal circumstances but during these global pandemic conditions, danger to their lives of these very often “invisible victims” are increasing for more violence and even murder.

Statistical data and incidents

In Delhi, a social worker got a call from a woman saying she was in terrible pain after being beaten up by her in-laws and asked to leave her marital home. When the social worker took her for a medical checkup, she found that the abuse had resulted in broken bones. About 32 complaints were received per one million women in Delhi, the highest compliment rate in recent years.

In Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is one of the worst states for violence against women, the state police has launched a new domestic violence helpline as cases surged during Covid-19 lockdown. Till now, UP recorded 600 complaints, highest among all states. In Wuhan, the origin of the deadly outbreak, domestic violence reports to police have tripled during the lockdown. As countries around the world quarantine their citizens, domestic abuse cases are rising. The working class people are sitting idle at home. They have more time to find mistake in their partner’s day-to-day activities.

According to the National Commission for Women (NCW), Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “The number has increased. Men are frustrated sitting at home and are taking out that frustration on women. This trend is especially seen in Punjab from where we have received many such complaints.”

The realities of Covid-19 and its restrictions have indeed caused a perfect storm for women experiencing IPV. The UK has reported femicide rates higher than they have been in the past 11 years, double the average for a 21 day period. Mexico has reported an eight percent increase in femicides with nearly 1,000 women murdered in the first three months of the year. In 2020, between March 25 and May 31, 1,477 complaints of domestic violence were reported by women. This 68-day period recorded more complaints than those received between March and May in the previous 10 years. About 86 percent women who experienced violence never sought help and 77 percent of the victims did not even mention the incidents to anyone.

Type of violence

Never told anyone

Told someone

Sought help from a source

Physical

79.5

9.0

11.6

Sexual

80.6

9.5

9.8

Physical and sexual

61.3

9.9

28.8

Total

76.6

9.1

14.3

Data about types of violence and their disclosure released by National Family Health Survey

 

Lessons to learn

The Arabic and Hebrew word for ‘womb’ is ‘rahm’ and is derived from the word mercy (rahma). Womb is also an expression of the creative power of God in women. In degrading women, we degrade the highest qualities of our human nature and in elevating her, we elevate our highest nature. When her natural virtues: compassion, kindness, caring, selflessness, and love predominate in men they are able to overcome their natural vices and realise their humanity fully. When, however those virtues are absent, men descend to the lowest of the low and are worse than beasts. In unveiling the outward beauty of a woman, we become veiled from her inner beauty.

 

Author is M. Ed Student, Cluster University Jammu

asiyawani3041987@gmail.com

 

Sep 11, 2020 | Asiya Wani

Domestic Violence: The horrors of 68 days

In degrading women, we degrade the highest qualities of our human nature and in elevating her, we elevate our highest nature

  

  • UK has reported femicide rates higher than they have been in the past 11 years
  • From March 25 to May 31, 1,477 complaints of domestic violence were reported
  • Men are frustrated sitting at home and are taking out that frustration on women: Rekha Sh

 

The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons in human history. While most of us will remember it for disastrous Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted the normal life but among the feminine gender who suffered from the brutalities of strong gender will remember it as a year of extreme violence.

Though some people are of the opinion that the pandemic has some positive impacts on us like it has reduced environmental pollution and made the family relationships strong which had become weak as everyone among us was busy with worldly affairs; but this pandemic has undoubtedly given rise to the lousy evil of domestic violence. Women folk have suffered much from the evil of domestic violence during the lockdown imposed because of the deadly disease.

The main slogan used to combat the battle against Covid-19 is ‘stay home, stay safe’ but for many women staying at home means nothing as safe as the slogan says. The loss of security in the world is only a reflection of the loss of security in the house. A lot of what we see outside is really a reflection of what’s happening inside. 

A murder

At around 02:30 am, Daniel Jimenez woke up because of his neighbour’s screams. When he went outside his home in Los Pajarillos neighborhood of Valladolid in north-west Spain, he saw a woman hanging from a third floor window. Another neighbour rushed out with mattresses to help break her fall but he was too late. She fell to her death. Is the universal slogan ‘stay home, stay safe’ equally helpful to women?

On one hand, we ask women to stay home due to Covid-19 and on other hand some monster men beat them, abuse them physically and sexually and in some even they are killed as well.

The words mostly used in present health crisis like ‘self isolation’, ‘stay at home’, ‘practice social distancing’ and ‘recession’ are all terrifying for women who are living with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The lives of these women are often filled with fear and danger even under normal circumstances but during these global pandemic conditions, danger to their lives of these very often “invisible victims” are increasing for more violence and even murder.

Statistical data and incidents

In Delhi, a social worker got a call from a woman saying she was in terrible pain after being beaten up by her in-laws and asked to leave her marital home. When the social worker took her for a medical checkup, she found that the abuse had resulted in broken bones. About 32 complaints were received per one million women in Delhi, the highest compliment rate in recent years.

In Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is one of the worst states for violence against women, the state police has launched a new domestic violence helpline as cases surged during Covid-19 lockdown. Till now, UP recorded 600 complaints, highest among all states. In Wuhan, the origin of the deadly outbreak, domestic violence reports to police have tripled during the lockdown. As countries around the world quarantine their citizens, domestic abuse cases are rising. The working class people are sitting idle at home. They have more time to find mistake in their partner’s day-to-day activities.

According to the National Commission for Women (NCW), Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “The number has increased. Men are frustrated sitting at home and are taking out that frustration on women. This trend is especially seen in Punjab from where we have received many such complaints.”

The realities of Covid-19 and its restrictions have indeed caused a perfect storm for women experiencing IPV. The UK has reported femicide rates higher than they have been in the past 11 years, double the average for a 21 day period. Mexico has reported an eight percent increase in femicides with nearly 1,000 women murdered in the first three months of the year. In 2020, between March 25 and May 31, 1,477 complaints of domestic violence were reported by women. This 68-day period recorded more complaints than those received between March and May in the previous 10 years. About 86 percent women who experienced violence never sought help and 77 percent of the victims did not even mention the incidents to anyone.

Type of violence

Never told anyone

Told someone

Sought help from a source

Physical

79.5

9.0

11.6

Sexual

80.6

9.5

9.8

Physical and sexual

61.3

9.9

28.8

Total

76.6

9.1

14.3

Data about types of violence and their disclosure released by National Family Health Survey

 

Lessons to learn

The Arabic and Hebrew word for ‘womb’ is ‘rahm’ and is derived from the word mercy (rahma). Womb is also an expression of the creative power of God in women. In degrading women, we degrade the highest qualities of our human nature and in elevating her, we elevate our highest nature. When her natural virtues: compassion, kindness, caring, selflessness, and love predominate in men they are able to overcome their natural vices and realise their humanity fully. When, however those virtues are absent, men descend to the lowest of the low and are worse than beasts. In unveiling the outward beauty of a woman, we become veiled from her inner beauty.

 

Author is M. Ed Student, Cluster University Jammu

asiyawani3041987@gmail.com

 

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