19 September, 2020

Blame It On COVID-19: Domestic Violence On The Rise, Are Men Putting More Pressure On Women?

The coronavirus pandemic is testing relationships across societies. Are we really liberal? The true test is in the living

Blame It On COVID-19: Domestic Violence On The Rise, Are Men Putting More Pressure On Women?
outlookindia.com
2020-04-10T17:47:15+05:30

Not just for a virus rampaging through planet earth, this is fecund times for 21st century blues too—a farrago of maladies and their ugly manifestations all of us know only too well, in some form or other. Sunanda Desai (name changed), a working woman from an upper-middle-class family in Mumbai, is ploughing through a rough patch since the lockdown began. “There is stress at my workplace and at home. I am expected to do things perfectly by my husband and in-laws. Else, I am shouted at by everybody, including my kids. In ten years of marriage, I have never experienced such acr­imonious fights and violence in this house,” she says. Her husband, a businessman, copes with a different level of stress, she says, because he’s unsure if he will ever be able to open his bookshop.

The National Commission for Women (NCW), which rec­eives complaints of domestic violence from across the country, recorded a more than twofold rise in gender-based violence during the initial lockdown period. The total complaints from women rose from 116 in the first week of...

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