[Video] Hitting Back Or Holding Back: When Is Violence Justified?

Posted on November 10, 2014 in Domestic Violence, Society, Specials, Staff Picks, Taboos, Video

Where do we draw the line between self defence and violence?
Who actually perpetrates violence?
What prevents you from intervening in situations of violence or abuse?

“Black or White?”, or, “लातों के भूत बातों से नहीं मानते! ”, the latest Agenda 1 project film, features the voices of two young men and two young women from Delhi. There is a pressing need to engage men in fighting abuse and discrimination against women.

In January 2011, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) questionnaire reported that 24% of Indian men had committed sexual violence at some point during their lives, and 65% of Indian men believe women should tolerate violence in order to keep the family together, and women sometimes deserve to be beaten. In the survey, which found Indian men to be the worst offenders in terms of sexual violence, more than 1,000 men from the 1,500 interviewed in India were from Delhi.

India ranked last of six developing countries on the Gender Equitable Men scale in a survey by the Centre of Research on Women, US, and Instituto Promundon in Brazil. Indian men are great believers in gender-based segregation of work with 86% thinking that changing diapers, bathing and feeding children is a woman’s job. Moreover, roughly 80% of Indian men say they should have the final word on decisions in the house.

Information source: International Center for Research on Women

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