Lockdown is the world’s best bet against COVID-19 but it has left victims of domestic abuse even more vulnerable and helpless. The number of domestic violence cases are reported to be high in this lockdown than compared to the past 10 years.
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According to National Commission for Women’s report, the domestic violence cases in India from February 27th to March 22nd are 396. And from March 23rd to May 31st are 1,447. And 92,000 SOS calls are received by child helpline India in the first 11 days of the lockdown.
Cases of crimes against women in India are 89,097 in a year. In that 32% cases of ”cruelty by husband or his relatives” only.
By a report said by NFHS 2015-2016, 33% women in India experienced domestic violence and only 1% of them are sought for help from the police.
And in lockdown 86% of women who experienced violence never sought help, and 77% of the victims did not even mention the incident to anyone.
Among 14.3%(approx) of victims who sought help, only 7% reached out to relevant authorities – The police, doctors, lawyers or social service organisations. But more than 90% of the victims sought help from their family and friends.
According to Women Peace and Security index ranking, India holds 133 rank among 167 countries. Though there are several domestic violence laws in India like , Dowry prohibition act 1961 which made tha act of giving and taking dowry is crime. And two new sections like section 498A and section 304B are introduced into Indian Penal Code in an effort to bolster the 1961 law.
And in 2005 the legislation introduced a new act called Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA). The PWDVA, a civil law includes physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and economic abuse as domestic violence.
Even after all these acts and laws into action, India’s rank in domestic violence still stands the same. And even increasing day by day.