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Women Protection Bill, Violence Against Women Act, Equality Now, Manavi, few of the laws and Organizations working against the domestic abuse of women. But something that most people would find quite strange would be “Domestic Abuse against Men”. Yes, just like women & children, men are also victims of domestic abuse and something that most people are completely unaware of.
What You Don’t Know is that 40% of Domestic Abuse Victims are Men
While a lot of funding is being done to empower the female victims of domestic abuse, the male counterparts receive about 0% of funding or support. Major part of the funding done for females is spent on awareness programs, where women are taught how do express about the abuse against them to the world, and how to face the society when they reveal the story about abuse to the world.
BUT IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO NOT REPORT THE CASE BECAUSE IN FEAR OF THE BACKLASH THEY WOULD RECEIVE FROM THE SOCIETY AND WOULD BRING UP QUESTIONS AGAINST THEIR “MASCULINITY”.
In Pakistan, there are ZERO organisations or supports groups present to help the male victims of domestic abuse. Even in developed countries like USA, there are over 1,500 safe houses for female victims of domestic abuse and even over 1,600 save houses for animals. But for men? There is just ONE safe houses for male victims!
According to Atit Rajpara, President of Men’s Rights Association (MRA),
“Many Indian men have resorted to suicide in order to break free from their matrimonial troubles. The suicide rate of married men is extremely high and the ratio is growing by leaps and bounds every year.”
Domestic abuse against men is real, and is also present in Pakistan
On 20th July 2016, a women threw acid on a man for refusing marriage proposal in Multan. In Pakistan, while women are encouraged to voice against the abuse, men have not been able to voice their issues, the major issue being them labelled “weak” or “non-masculine” by people and being laughed off.
It is a general view that “Oh an abuser? Must be a man.” but abusing is not just limited to one gender. We should try to avoid any kind of gender discrimination, voices of men must also be listened instead of them being laughed off, men should be given equal right to fight against the abuse.
By no means this was to discourage work being done for domestic abuse against Women – women are still the major victims of this abuse. However, the sole purpose of this was to bring this issue to light. We should try to discourage any kind of Abuse.