Apr 4, 2006

Add Your Thoughts: Are Women the Abusers?

My post about the questionable Indian men's "activism" in India/NRI communities has spurred a number of responses. It would be great to have some folks who are knowledgable about these issues, especially from the women's perspectives, add to the dialogue.

2 comments:

Sumanth said...

There is no reason why women can not be abusers.

Actor Christian Slater got 20 stiches. Sun Editor Rebecca Wade assaulted her husband.

The domestic violence against men is most under-reported of all crimes.

Feminists talk about plight of Sita. But, plight of Dasaratha who was driven to death by Kaikeyi and Manthra was ignored. Because, a man's life is cheap.

It can be argued that violence against men by women is an exception. But, statistics show that in 66% cases it is the women who initiate domestic violence.

Rage said...

Okay - I'm not saying that women can't be the abusers. The post title (this one) was just a quick write, so I understand the confusion.

But I think that this is just a little overstated:
The domestic violence against men is most under-reported of all crimes.

Let's get a little perspective. I actually just got these stats in class today, since we're studying Battered Spouse Syndome and its treatment in U.S. courts. In India, about 30% of all men have or will abuse their partners. That's approximately 150-200 million men. Even if these are not conservative estimates and they are way off... that's STILL CRAZY.

But, statistics show that in 66% cases it is the women who initiate domestic violence.
I have never seen these statistics, and I really really have a hard time believing them - but I keep seeing this cited.

It just seems like a radically different concept from what everyone else is saying, dude. And what my own experience has shown me.

But regardless - pile on at the other post. I can't have all my comment sections taken over by this.