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| Published: May 25, 2020

Battle field of women: COVID-19 or domestic violence

Gayatriba P Jadeja

Research scholar, Shamaldas art’s collage, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.252/20200802

DOI: 10.25215/0802.252

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The 2019–20 corona virus pandemic many countries have reported an increase in domestic violence and intimate partner violence. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nationwide lockdown, the number of domestic violence complaints received by the National Commission for Women (NCW) had doubled. Domestic violence during Covid-19 in India has three major components: emotional abuse; physical violence; sexual violence. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of domestic violence during lockdown in India. The high prevalence of domestic violence in our community needs to be addressed as it has tacit implications on socioeconomic well-being, physical and mental health of a woman, her family, and thereby, society as a whole. March 23 to April 19 Ever since the lockdown began, there has been an increase in domestic abuse complaints. The lockdown has turned into a trap with the abusers for women and children. India’s National Commission for Women (NCW) has seen a more than twofold rise in gender-based violence during the lockdown in India; total complaints from women rose from 116 in the first week of March to 257 in the final week. Between 23 March and 16 April NCW registered 587 domestic violence complaints, a 45% increase from the previous 25 days. The latest example of this has come to light in Gujarat where cases of domestic violence have also increased amid increasing cases of corona infection. The state has received more than 8,000 complaints of domestic violence in the last one month. Factors compounding the situation include the confinement, financial worries due to the lockdown, and lack of access to alcohol. There has also been a threefold rise in police apathy towards women complaints, with the police busy with lockdown orders. Ever since the lockdown began, there has been an increase in domestic abuse complaints. 133.9 people are locked in their homes. In India Gujarat got a second position of covid-19 virus infection. In this situation lockdown has turned into a trap with the abusers for women and children.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.252/20200802

10.25215/0802.252

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