Hyderabad: A recent report from the National Family Health Survey (NHFS) revealed that as much as 84 per cent of women from Telangana justify men beating their wives.
The survey put forward the probable circumstances under which a husband beats his wife: if he suspects her of being unfaithful; if she disrespects her in-laws; if she argues with him; if she refuses to have sex with him; if she goes out without informing him; if she neglects the house or the children; if she doesn’t cook good food.
The most common reasons given by the respondents to justify beating were neglecting the house or children and showing disrespect to in-laws.
Andhra Pradesh (84 per cent), Karnataka (77 per cent), Manipur (66 per cent), Kerala (52 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (49 per cent), Maharashtra (44 per cent), and West Bengal (42 per cent) were the other states and Union Territories where a large number of women justified men beating their wives.
The lowest population of women that justified beating by husbands was in Himachal Pradesh (14.8 per cent). Among men, 81.9 per cent of respondents from Karnataka said such behaviour is justified as against 14.2 per cent in Himachal Pradesh.
In Telangana, the government runs various schemes for the protection and empowerment of women. The schemes include Sakhi – One Stop Centre, Women Helpline – 181, Swadhar Greh and Ujjwala Homes, Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG), and Mahila Shakti Kendras.