The rising habit of taking drugs among the youth and extramarital affairs on the part of women are the root cause behind the increasing number of cases of domestic violence against women in the district, according to the police.
The women's cell of the Sangrur police remains busy solving complaints of married women, who demand separation from their husbands and in-laws, due to domestic violence.
"The incidents of domestic violence are increasing as we receive four to five complaints every day from married women," said sub-inspector Gurmeet Kaur, in-charge of the cell.
"During two years of my service in the cell, I have found that more than 90% cases have been filed by the women alleging torture by their husbands after taking intoxicants," she said, adding, "however, there are very few complaints of dowry demand."
"Despite a huge number of complaints, I am happy that in 80% cases, we have managed to avoid divorce by solving the issue with mutual consent. Out of a total of 414 complaints in the past few months, only 40 couples filed for divorce, and 219 were solved with mutual consent. When we think that despite all efforts, the couple is unwilling to live together, we suggest divorce", said Gurmeet Kaur.
Interestingly, cases of domestic violence are very rare in the case of love marriages, as it has been found that cases of crime against women are very common in arranged marriages.
"We hardly get any case of domestic violence in love marriages, as most of the complaints are filed by the women, who went in for arranged marriages", she said, adding, "but, in case of love marriages, the divorce rate is 99%."
According to the police record, besides drug addiction, extramarital affairs are also a big reason of domestic violence.
"Men are in the habit of keeping a close eye on their wives. In most of the cases, there have been allegations that men check mobile phones of their wives regularly, and they go to the extent of beating them up if they are found them talking to someone. Also men keep the recording of the mobile phone of their wives, as a proof," she said.
When contacted, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu said, "The police try their best to solve the cases with counseling, which may continue for more than a year and women are advised on how to handle cases of matrimonial disputes, relationship issues and abusive attitude of males and report cases to the police, as 181 police helpline is very helpful to check crime against women."
Senior lawyer Gurtej Singh Garewal, said, "This is a social change, now the girls are highly educated, but the boys are becoming drug addicts. Also, extramarital affairs are on the rise due to social media."