Domestic violence ‘on the rise’

Women’s Cell says most plaints related to wife-beating

Kathmandu, November 16:

A 19-year-old Tamang girl, who went to the Women’s Cell in Kalimati to seek a divorce paper in October, also lodged a complaint against her 21-year-old husband, Choden Tamang, accusing him of beating her. She showed scars on her hands due to the beating.

She said she ran away from Dillichaur-4, Jumla, and came to her uncle’s place in Kathmandu to seek help as Choden unleashed violence even on her parents and broke her younger sister’s leg. “I would have tolerated him if his violent activities were limited to me.”

She said: “Life would be better for me if I divorced my husband, who beats me anywhere, anytime.”

However, it is not an isolated case. Records kept at the Women’s Cell in Kalimati show that most of the complaints lodged at the cell are related to instances of beating by husbands.

Out of 907 complaints lodged at the Women’s Cell in 2005-06, 830 were related to domestic violence. Out of 1,070 complaints lodged at the cell in 2004-05, 996 were related to domestic violence. Of 830 complaints lodged at the cell in 2003-04, 752 were related to domestic violence.

Another women, who filed a complaint against her husband in October, said she had been enduring her husband’s violent behaviour and irresponsible manners for years. Hoping that one day he would take up responsibilities and begin taking care of his family, she tolerated him for almost seven years. He has become more violent and he is least bothered about his six-year-old son.

Out of 907 complaints lodged at the Women’s Cell in 2005-06, 830 were related to domestic violence. Out of 1,070 complaints lodged at the cell in 2004-05, 996 were related to domestic violence. Of 830 complaints lodged at the cell in 2003-04, 752 were related to domestic violence.

Said Meera Chaudhary, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) at the Women’s Cell in Kalimati: “Over 90 per cent of FIRs lodged under the topic of domestic violence are related to husbands’ extremely violent behaviours towards their wives.”

Chaudhary added: “Women opt for divorce only when physical and mental abuses meted out by their husbands become intolerable.”