In the last twelve years (1996 – 2008) 170,000 husbands have been claimed by rampant domestic violence against them. In a shocking revelation of suicide statistics for the year 2008 reveals that almost double the number of married men have committed suicide in comparison to married women as the report attached here corroborates. It states that in the year 2008 57,639 married men committed suicide in comparison to 30,224 married women whereas the same figures for the years 2007 57593 and 30,064, 2006 are 55,452 and 29,869 and for 2005 are 52,483 and 28,188.
While there has been a lot of hue and cry for domestic violence against women with various studies being sponsored for studying the same with tax payers’ money 82% of which comes from men, but sadly enough no study has ever been done in India for studying the prevalence, effects and trends of domestic violence against men or the statistics about it.
International studies world over have proved that both men and women are equally likely to be victims of domestic violence, but unfortunately the Indian government has closed its doors very brutally on the men leaving them to fend for themselves on their own. Even the courts have an anti – men and a step – motherly attitude towards men what with the Honorable Delhi High Court observing, “Though men are victims of violence, such incidences are few and far between, thus ruling out the possibility of protection from the parliament”, while dismissing a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Domestic Violence Act as it violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.
Although no studies have been done for studying domestic violence against men, yet the National Crime Records Bureau in its analysis of suicide data for year 2008 and the decade 1998 – 2008 has come up with some heart – rendering revelations. It has published that almost 24% of suicides are directly due to domestic dispute, family problems and related stress. In the year 2008 57639 married men committed suicide 24% of which works close to 13833 husbands. Further as per, Domestic Violence Claims 156,000 husbands, 156,000 husbands have committed suicide in the eleven years from 1996 – 2007 directly due to Domestic Violence. Adding the numbers of 2008, the final numbers for 1996 – 2008 stand at close to 170,000.
Yes, 170,000 husbands have succumbed to Domestic Violence in 12 years with a yearly average of 14,166 and yet the Govt. and the society are not only silent about it but also silently laughing at it.
Do our men deserve such a treatment?
Do we not need men’s welfare ministry?