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Domestic violence continues…

Post by on Thursday, May 12, 2022

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The death of a woman from kreeri Bramulla who was allegedly killed in a domestic violence incident has sent shock waves in the valley again. The family of the deceased is accusing the women’s husband and her in-laws to be responsible for the death. In order to speed up the investigation, the police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the alleged domestic violence death. In the past similar cases of domestic violence were also reported wherein the victims breathed their last after struggling injuries in hospitals.  Almost in all these cases allegations have been leveled against husbands and in-laws. The concern, domestic violence, has been shared by the people in general and certain groups and political formations in particular. According to United Nations, violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women. Violence against women is a human rights violation which impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, peace and security. Furthermore, it leads to long-term physical, sexual, and mental consequences affecting women’s general well being in the society. It is fact that over the years, crime against women has been on rise in Jammu and Kashmir. Domestic violence has been silently making inroads in the society. Common perception is that very less number of cases are reported and often the victim tends to bear for fear of societal repercussions. Therefore, it is viewed primarily as a social problem and it is only in extreme cases, like serious injuries and deaths, that the crime gets noticed. In many cases it is too late by then, and except condemnations, investigations and trials – there is nothing left to be done. The onus is on the responsible leaders of the society as well as the people to come up with solutions. Law enforcement agencies and judiciary can play a pivotal role in curbing domestic violence. Also, government, civil society organizations and educational institutions need to find more effective ways to prevent violence and discrimination against women. Concerned authorities and the civil society together, need to chalk out a sustainable strategy against any form of violence inflicted on women. All the women across the globe deserve a life free from violence and discrimination and much needs to be done in that regard. There is an Act that forbids domestic violence and the guilty can be brought to the book. However, when most of the victims find it extremely difficult and painful to report/register a complaint, justice cannot be served.


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