According to the National Family Health Survey-4, every third woman in India between the ages of 15 to 49 years has suffered from some sort of violence at home. 27% of women had experienced physical violence from the age of 15, and 31% of married women experienced spousal violence – physical, sexual or emotional. The most common type of spousal violence was physical violence (27% of cases), and emotional violence (13%). Only 14% of women who had experienced physical or sexual violence by anyone sought help to stop it.
Violence in any form against women is a gross violation of the basic human right of safety and freedom from abuse. VSupport is dedicated to the well-being of women and consistently strives to address this raging issue of violence against women.
In most cases, the victims of such violence and harassment do not complain out of fear, but also more importantly because they lack awareness of their rights. They remain unaware of the laws that seek to protect them. Additionally, women in rural areas do not have access to or are not allowed access to legal aid, help from a counselor, and other support systems. Financial constraints and social stigma are two other reasons due to which women suffer in silence.
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My younger sister was in her late 20s and she was the mother of two kids. I remember receiving her last letter where she pleaded to my father to help her but my father had four daughters and he had no means to help her. Many times she shared with me that her husband used to beat her almost every day and he kicked her in the stomach many times during her pregnancy.
I was pulled out of school at the age of 13 and got married to a man who was 17 years older than me. I was a mother at 15 and before I even turned 18, I had two more kids. It’s been 19 yrs of marriage now. I didn’t even know a woman has the right to ever say no to her husband. My life continues with multiple abortions and I am dead inside.
I was raped almost every night for 12yrs but in my country marriage is a licence for a lifetime to rape the same woman again and again… Marital rape is not a crime in India! My husband reminded me it was my wifely duty to obey his every command – so what if I have cramps; so what if I am bleeding. Refusal meant a punch in the face.