Violence against women and girls is still one of the world's most widespread human rights violations. It affects women of all ages, races, cultures and social backgrounds, and it happens everywhere: at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, in times of peace and during and after conflict. That's why November 25, marking as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over another.It does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized.
The United Nations defines violence against women as 'any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.' Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
According to United Nation Population Fund Report, around two-third of married Indian women are victims of domestic violence and as many as 70 per cent of married women in India between the age of 15 and 49 are victims of beating, rape or forced sex. In India, more than 55 percent of the women suffer from domestic violence, especially in the states of Bihar, U.P., M.P. and other northern states.