Nearly half of Indians think wife beating is ok

A report from UNICEF's "Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012", says that 57% of adolescent boys in India think a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife. In its facebook page, UNICEF India posts
Our Global Report (UNICEF's Report Card on Adolescents 2012) points out that 57% of adolescent boys in India think a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife.
Even more shocking is over half of the Indian adolescent girls (53%) think that a husband is justified in beating his wife. It's a shocking revelation in this day and age. Not just Indian men, but even adolescents - in the 15-19 age group - feel that wife beating is justified. 
Unicef's " Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012", says that 57% of adolescent boys in India think a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife. It adds that over half of the Indian adolescent girls, or around 53% think that a husband is justified in beating his wife. In comparison, 41% women inBangladesh and 54% in Sri Lanka harbour a similar feeling . In Nepal, however, the prevalence of both men and women justifying domestic violence is inordinately high at 88% and 80%, respectively.

Image from Deccan Herald

It is interesting that the report was published in 2012, and even now, in Feb 2018 it is making headlines. (link to the UNICEF report).

According to an article in Deccan Herald (Feb  1, 2018):

Almost half of India's population still believe that wife beating is a normal and acceptable practice in marital relationships.

According to the pre-Budget Economic Survey 2017-18 presented by the government, 54% of Indians believed that wife beating is not acceptable, an improvement of a mere 3.5% compared to a decade ago.

The country has not seen much improvement in perception in the last 10 years. Back in 2005, wife beating was acceptable to 50.4% of the country's population.

The analysis, according to the Economic Survey, is based on the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) datasets from 1980 to 2016. The Survey has datasets at household level.

Both women and men were asked detailed questions on gender-related attitudes. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16, which feeds into the DHS survey, has been combined with international DHS datasets, for the study. Previous DHS/NFHS datasets for India are available for the following periods: 1992-93, 1998-99, and 2005-06.

An article in Times of India - 57% of boys, 53% of girls think wife beating is justified - adds :

Over half of the Indian adolescent girls, or around 53% think that a husband is justified in beating his wife. In comparison, 41% women in Bangladesh and 54% in Sri Lanka harbour a similar feeling . In Nepal, however, the prevalence of both men and women justifying domestic violence is inordinately high at 88% and 80%, respectively.

According to the report, societal attitudes that convey acceptance or justification of domestic violence are making girls and women more vulnerable to abuse. It says, "Available data for developing countries show that nearly 50% of girls and women aged 15-49 believe that wifebeating is justified... girls aged between 15 and 19 years hold the same views as women in the 45-49 age group."

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