Sabina Domestic Violence

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Sabina, a nineteen-year-old woman from New Delhi, India, awaits her parent’s decision on a prospective groom for her to be married to. Sabina’s family situation was not the best. Her father was an alcoholic, with no job; her mother worked odd jobs just to make ends meet. Keen to get her married soon, her parent would line up potential matches. Since the family was desperately in need for money they would marry their daughter off to the man with the highest bid. The highest bid was finally pronounced, Sabina had no choice but to be married to a man twice her age. She refused to marry such a man and threaten to commit suicide, her parents were unmoved by her daughter’s firm disapproval and insisted on killing her if she didn’t go through with the marriage. With nowhere else to go, Sabina went through with the marriage; within just a week of the marriage she suffered from physical and mental abuse by her newlywed husband.…show more content…
Many times these women end up in physically and mental abusive marriages with no way out. According to recent national estimates, approximately 55% of Indian women report lifetime physical, sexual, or psychological domestic violence (Khazan & Lakshml, 2012). Domestic abuse exist around the world, and one of the core reasons why domestic abuse exists in India has to do with the fact that there is an acceptance for domestic abuse in India. Remarkably, a sizeable percentage of women blame themselves for domestic violence. A 2012 report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) found that 57 percent of Indian boys and 53 percent of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 think that wife beating is justified (Khazan & Lakshml, 2012). Although initiatives have been placed into law to protect victims of domestic violence, reported and unreported incidents continue to take place on a day-to-day

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