Domestic Violence on Women in India

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INTRODUCTION :
“Violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women...” The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, General Assembly Resolution, December 1993
Since the 1990s, there has been increasing concern about violence against women in general, and domestic violence in particular, in both developed and developing countries. Not only has domestic violence been acknowledged worldwide as a violation of basic human rights, but an increasing amount of research highlights the health burdens, intergenerational effects, and
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The Children and family court advisory and support service in Britain uses the term domestic violence to refer to a wide range of abusive and violent behavior in its “domestic violence policy”. It defines domestic violence as “patterns of behavior characterized by the misuse of power and control by one person over another who are or have been in an intimate relationship.” This is said to occur in all kinds of relationships ranging from same sex to mixed gender.
In India, human relationships lead to domestic violence when one adult misuses his power to control another person’s life. Violence is primarily the establishment of fear and control in a relationship through physical and other forms of violence and abuse. The violence normally manifests as physical abuse, mental torture, sexual assault and threats. Violence can be more subtle, like degrading someone constantly, depriving them of money or confining them to the house. Emotional abuse and social ostracism can be as bad as physical abuse in terms of long term effects.
In NFHS-3, domestic violence is defined to include violence by spouses as well as by other household members. Thus, information was obtained from ever-married women on violence by husbands and by others, and from never married women on violence by anyone, including boyfriends.
According to Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (section 3),”any ac, omission

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