At least 75% of domestic violence cases in Uttarakhand involve “newlyweds”, police said on Wednesday, a trend experts attributed to stress of modern life on the institution of marriage.
Till February this year 62 cases of domestic violence were registered by police under Section 498 A of the IPC, said Mamta Bora, said additional superintendent of police and also the state in-charge of the women’s cell.
In 2013, the number of domestic violence cases in the state was 439 which came down slightly to 399 last year, she added.
Deepika Rana, the in-charge of the police’s women's helpline in Dehradun, said one of the most worrying aspects of these cases was that 75% involved “newlyweds”, couples whose marriage are not more than three years old.
She said that while most of the cases related to alleged physical violence by men, they also come across cases where men accuse their wives of assault.
“But most of these (cases of women assaulting men) are found untrue after investigations,” Rana added.
Jahnawi Tiwari of Disha, a social organisation working for upliftment of women, said the rising incidents of domestic strife were an “alarming trend for the society”.
Pointing out that cases among recently-weds are due to lack of understanding and changing value systems, she said, “Most of these cases are linked to rising aspirations of people. After marriage, many find that their spouse is below their anticipated level and this leads to increase in strife”.
Police said that they were trying to raise awareness and setting up helplines and women cells to tackle the trend.
“Three counseling are mandatory after which an FIR is filed,” said Bora, pointing out that police can only intervene when the case is brought to them.
The way to curb the instances of domestic violence is to create awareness among the people about the rights of women and the code of conduct to be observed at homes.
“For this, we organise seminars in various blocks and districts,” she added.