Saturday March 3 2007 12:03 IST
NEW DELHI: Over 37 per cent married women in the country were victims of physical or sexual abuse by their husbands with Bihar topping the list of 62.2 per cent cases being reported in rural areas and Tamil Nadu with 41.9 per cent cases took seventh place after Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur and UP.
The latest National Family Health Survey-III found that among metros, Chennai recorded the maximum of 40.6 per cent cases followed by Kolkata with 26.7 per cent. However, the fairer sex was better off in Delhi (16.3) and Mumbai (19.5), relatively.
The survey showed that countrywide more women face violence in rural areas (40.2) as compared to those in the urban areas (30.4). In Bihar, women in urban areas fared worse than those in rural areas. While 62.2 per cent underwent the trauma in urban areas, it was 58.5 per cent women in villages.
It is followed by Rajasthan (46.3) Madhya Pradesh (45.8), Tripura (44.1), Manipur (43.9), Uttar Pradesh (42.4), Tamil Nadu (41.9), West Bengal (40.3) and Arunachal Pradesh (38.8).
Women in Himachal Pradesh faced less violence at home compared to other states in the country. The Survey found that 37.2 per cent women had experienced violence and cited lack of education as the key reason behind their woes.
"Women with no education were much more likely than other women to have suffered spousal violence. However, spousal abuse also extends to women who have secondary or higher secondary level education, with 16 per cent reporting abuse," the survey said.
Nearly, 17 per cent women in Goa have experienced violence, with 17.2 women in rural areas at the receiving end as compared to 16.4 per cent women in urban areas.
The New Indian Express