New Delhi: As India entered a nationwide lockdown, it took a horrific turn for women battling domestic abuse as their husbands vent frustration on the wives. A study was done by experts that showed that domestic violence cases in the country have shot up since March 24. Also Read - Punjab Lockdown: No Need to Quarantine if Travelling For Less Than 72 Hours | 7 Rules to Follow
Statistics gathered by the National Commission for Women (NCW) showed that at least 58 women have complained about domestic violence between March 23 to March 30, most of them coming from North India, particularly Punjab. Also Read - India's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 9 Lakh Mark; 28,498 Fresh Cases, 553 Deaths in Last 24 Hours | Key Points
“The number has increased. Men are frustrated sitting at home and are taking out that frustration on women. This trend is especially seen in Punjab from where we have received many such complaints,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma told PTI. Also Read - Pune Lockdown News: Section 144 Imposed Across The City as 10-day Total Shutdown Begins Today, Tough Measures Till July 18
These 58 complaints, she said, only include the ones recieved on email, but the real number could be much larger as the bulk of complaints come from women in the lower strata of society who send us their complaints by post.
Moreover, a reduced number of complaints despite higher instances of violence also results from the women having to be in close quarters with their perpetrators. They are in a constant fear that their conversations are being monitored.
“Women feel they will not be able to reach out to us due to the lockdown but that is not so. They must try to contact police or state commissions if they are under such a situation,” she said.
All India Progressive Women’s Association secretary and rights activist Kavita Krishnan said that the sudden imposition of the lockdown did not let vulnerable women move to safer places.
“All the women (domestic violence victims) who contacted me said had they known (about the lockdown) they would have tried to get out earlier and be at safe places,” Krishnan said.
“The only thing to do is help and rescue domestic violence survivors. Their situation is worse now in the lockdown,” she added.