A woman beaten for dowry, a child beaten by his father, a man facing abuse from his in-laws, and numerous other brutalities that we and have heard and seen till now, are all the cases of domestic violence which most of the times does not even get reported out of shame or fear.
Domestic violence is not just physical abuse or beating. It involves sexual violence through intimidation, force, economic dominance, male privilege, blame and various other factors. This doctrine of “power and control” has been prevalent since times unknown. The behaviour of abusers revolves around these temperaments and they try to gain control over the victim through the use of force.
According to a survey conducted across the country, around 27% of the women have already experienced the wrath of domestic violence by the age of 15, more in rural than in urban. Moreover, the total number of cases reported every year for domestic violence involves almost 50% of child abuse. This clearly depicts how exploitation is rampant in our society and the abuser is not even fearful of any further consequences.
All in all, this situation is worse for the victim. He or she bears the physical pain, mental stress, psychological problems and remains in a haze of fear and depression for the rest of his or her life.
But the government of India and the local communities are considering the problems on a serious note.
Most of the cases that occur in our society are mostly a result of male domination and backward thinking among families where violating children or women is seen as a fair prospect. This physical, emotional or sexual abuse held behind closed doors at home is kept away from the eyes of the world but the gender-based violence or the child abuse & all such situations that create fear among individuals should be given serious consideration to save their future from getting further ruined.