Pune: At least 60 cases of domestic violence are registered at the State women’s commission every day. These numbers are excluding those registered at district child and women welfare and police stations, said Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson of State Women’s Commission. She was speaking at the book release of ‘Pravas Shamtekade’ by Women Study Centre, at ILS Law College on Wednesday.
The book is a compilation of stories, surveys and analysis done by the centre on three aspects - domestic violence, mental health and counselling of women from 2015 to 2017.
Social activists Vidya Bal and Shyamala Vanarase were the guests of honour, while Director of Women Study Centre of ILS Law college, Jaya Sagade chaired the event.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Rahatkar stated that it is very difficult to eradicate domestic violence from the society.
“Many good laws have been made for women in our country. But our only setbacks are gender discrimination, lack of education and self-empowerment among women. Women are so entangled in their relations and living up to them, that they neglect their welfare. The debate on gender discrimination has been long, on why daughters are only monitored and not the sons, unfortunately, if this issue is not looked at, no solution to domestic violence will be found,” said Rahatkar.
Women in victim mode
According to the study, the members of the centre realised that more than justice from the law, women in rural areas looked for recognition and justice in their relationship.
Dr Shirisha Sathe, a psychologist, explains domestic violence as a ‘power from above’ and ‘dependency from below’ situation. “If a woman stays in the victim mode, then she will remain there forever. Women often fail to realise that the change has to happen from them. She has to stand up and not allow the man to overpower her. Also, legal help does not always come as comforting, because seldom, it adds to conflict. Rather, women must be self-empowered to stop the violence and the relationship should be mutually rewarding. Of course, if the violence is life-threatening, legal help is must,” said Sathe.
Representatives of several non-government organisations that work towards social and women welfare were felicitated.