The entire world is battling against the deadly coronavirus which now has many countries in a state of complete lockdown, including India. With the lockdown being imposed, many victims were locked in with their abusers which led to a spike in the number of distressed calls for domestic violence against women. Each extension came in with a new number of distressed calls made. A place like home which is considered safe from all evil puts forwards a thought that it may not be the same for all. The percentage of domestic violence cases registered rose to 89% making it a loud-cry for help and necessary to act promptly for the concerned authorities.
But the question of the hour is, why does it happen? Why in the 21st-century women are exposed to such horrors? The simple answer to this is can be the existing social crisis.
What is this existing social crisis?
Violence against women is not just mere wounds or bruises but it is in a way a display of power and authority by the abuser on the victim. It unveils the inequalities, hierarchy, the stinging misogyny, and the differences deep-rooted in our society against women. It is the traditional and patriarchal setup which makes the abuser believe that it is his right to control the victim and keep a check on their partner’s actions by using violence as a tool. It may also throw light on the fact that how the abuser organically comes with “women aren’t equal to men” narrative which can be used as a reason to inflict violence to show women their “place”. Domestic violence can be linked to a person suffering from personality or psychological disorder while others may have learned violent behavior while growing up in a household where violence was inflicted on the women of the house and considered normal.
This environment in a household exposes children to the wrong belief system where they think one can get rid of their failures and frustrations by inflicting bruises on the bodies of women. Children who may have seen violence or may have been victims of violence themselves grow up believing violence is the key to resolve conflicts.
The biggest myth to have prevailed is that domestic violence only exists among the people belonging to the lower strata of society. The abuser does not come with specific tags or from specific places and no solid reason can justify the behavior of the abuser.
While some women come forward and take legal action but not many go up that route in the fear of being harassed by the husband’s family, social stigma, lack of support by family members, or for the goodwill of their children.
This situation is a wake-up call for people who believe that progress is happening slowly but evidently. A recent rise in crime against women shows a deep-rooted conflict haunting the 21st-century and violence-free Indian is still an illusion.