Plight Of Voiceless

Plight Of Voiceless

Abuse against women has been increasing at an alarming rate in the Valley. Even though most of the people refuse to acknowledge the prevalence of domestic abuse in Kashmir, the recent reports and studies prove otherwise.  Most of the women don‘t speak about it as they believe (or are made to believe) that it‘s their destiny in Kashmiri language I can say (Taqdeer) and they have to live ‘with it.   A large number of the women are unwilling to file a grievance or a complaint of this nature due to the disgrace that will befall them and their family. Many are scared of the legal issues and hassles which come with the territory. The Women‘s Police Station in Ram Bagh, reports that more than 2800 cases are filed every year. But more than half are withdrawn due to family pressure or some sort of settlement between the parties. Kashmir’s prominent psychiatrist, Mushtaq Margoob said that most psychiatric problems among women in Kashmir are due to domestic violence. “It is insecurity and lack of confidence among women because of abuse that, at times, leads to suicide attempts. At least three women lost their lives owing to domestic abuse in previous year Maroofa Begum from the Pulwama district was admitted in SMHS hospital after she was allegedly set ablaze by her in-laws. Maroofa finally succumbed on May 15after fighting for her life for some days. Another woman from to Shopian in south Kashmir, died in the same hospital after she had set herself ablaze to escape abuse at the hands of her husband. A mother of four children was allegedly beaten to death by her husband and in-laws in north Kashmir‘s Uri. The resentment against women folk still exists here. The narrow social and mental set up has resulted in increasing violence against women, Domestic  violence also  intersects with sexual assaults Perpetrators who are physically violent toward their intimate partners are often sexually abusive as well. Victims who are both physically and sexually abused are more likely to be injured or killed than victims who experience one form of abuse. Abusers assault people of all genders, races, ages, social classes and ethnicities. In order to avoid such abuse, women need to take steps against it.

The Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2010 provides for effective protection of the rights of women guaranteed under the Constitution, who are victims of violence,. The purpose of the act to provide for the protection and relief of victims of domestic violence;  punishment of perpetrators of domestic violence; to provide for the procedure and guidelines to be followed by the court in relation to the protection and compensation of victims of domestic violence; even You might be able to get legal aid if you have evidence that you  have been victims of domestic abuse or violence and if u  cannot afford to pay legal cost and not only women’s we also need to take stand against domestic violence and sexual abuse by Demand state legislators update rape laws to include marital rape rather than considering marital rape a different crime and also Work with local schools, religious youth groups, and other youth-oriented programs to teach about healthy sexuality and healthy relationships. Ask local schools and universities to address the issue of sexual violence in their classrooms and through victim assistance programs. It’s about time everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity. Indian government with more women in legislature could better protect Indian women by passing comprehensive laws that defend women from abuse and help victims recover. Empowering women and providing them with fair representation across different decision-making levels of the government structure to better protect women’s interests and to achieve quality governance. Protecting the rights of women to make them active participants in the economic, social, political, cultural, and other arenas of the country, thereby bringing about development.

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