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Friday, 29 December 2017

Domestic Violence in Village

Every member especially women folk in the tribal area suffers a lot due to violence that take place within the walls of a house. But because of social stigma members hardly share with any one and lead a life bearing it.

Problems detected: To discuss over the concern we visited Raidhar’s family consisting of 8 members where domestic violence was on the high recently and matter was reported to the local police station. Neither the family nor the victim was aware of the provision under law, we approached for counseling as social worker along with project staff.

In the course of our conversation we found out the violence was quit common in the family. The husband comes home back every day in the evening and beat his wife in an inebriated state over trivial issues like food was not served in time etc.

We had a talk with them and discuss with them about the provision the Indian constitution has. They are as under-

There are various regulations or provisions being made for protection of women against domestic violence under the statute such as Sec.304B of IPC pertaining to dowry death.

Under section 313-316 of IPC female infanticide has been made punishable which means forcefully terminating the pregnancy of a women.

Other sections of IPC dealing with these issues are section 305-306 related to abetment of suicide and 340,349 of IPC respectively wrongful confinement and wrongful restraint.

A complaint can also be filed under section 498A of IPC for cruelty which also falls under domestic violence.

What a victim of domestic violence should do

Call 100 or 1091(women emergency helpline number) and report it to the concerned authority.

If possible write down the police report or incident number and keep with your records.

One can seek medical attention if required.

One can move to domestic violence shelter as stated under section 6 of protection of women from Domestic Violence act, 2005.

Seek the support of caring people on whom you have trust or who would keep your privacy such as a friend, a family member, a neighbour etc. So that they could act as a witness in your bad times.

One should have the safety plan to protect herself from daily violence.

File for protection order as stated under section 18 of Domestic Violence act so that the abuser can stay away from you.

What is domestic violence?

For violence to be ‘domestic’, it doesn’t have to occur within your home, only within a relationship (with family or an intimate partner). It occurs when someone close to you has power and control over you. This control or abuse can be expressed in different ways. This is not restricted in male dominated society but there are many examples where females play a dominating part too. Well, there are many kinds of it. Some of them are as under:-

Physical abuse

If someone is hurting you physically, or is threatening to hurt you, a loved one or a pet, then you will need to take action. Read more about physical abuse and learn where to get support.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse often goes unrecognised and can be very hurtful. Someone who is emotionally abusive towards you wants to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence. Read more about what constitutes emotional abuse.

Economic abuse

If someone close to you controls your finances, and keeps you financially dependent on them so that you always have to ask them for money, this is a form of domestic violence.

Social abuse

Social domestic violence occurs when someone insults or humiliates you in front of other people, keeps you isolated from family and friends, or controls what you do and where you go.

Spiritual abuse

Spiritual domestic violence involves preventing you from having your own opinions about religion, cultural beliefs and values. It may also involve manipulating your thoughts on spirituality in order to make you feel powerless.

We told the victim and the family that if any of the above mentioned points are true to the family, victim can lodge a complaint against it. And report to the matter the higher authorities.

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