KUDOS to the students of Oberoi International School for a unique initiative to fight Domestic Violence (Students march to fight domestic violence – Afternoon D&C Dec 21 issue). Domestic violence is one of the biggest reasons for unstable families and for child mental disorders. Domestic violence seems to have been accepted as one of the hazards of life by women in general and illiterate women in particular. Despite making fabulous achievements in every sphere of human activity, women have continued to suffer violence of different hues in silence. We are living in a country which is witness to innumerable incidents of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a serious issue that has long been ignored and treated with complacency. Although it is heartening to see women making stupendous progress in almost every sphere of activity, one cannot be oblivious to the fact that they continue to be victims of violence of different hues.
Fear of retaliation and isolation deters many women from filing a complaint against their husbands. Hundreds of cases go unreported as women fear being thrown out of their homes and exposed to the vagaries of life. To a large extent, cruelty against married women is linked with the problem of dowry. No law can curb domestic violence because it is confined to the four walls of the house. Education, economic freedom and co-operative solidarity are the best weapons in their armory.
—Vinod C. Dixit, Ahmedabad