Protection of Men and Domestic Violence
Every day, in front of his SON, SAGAR was beaten and tortured by his wife. His son’s behavior was also influenced by the household’s everyday annoyances and violence. The fighting and violence were so severe and loud that even their neighbors were aware of their situation and were not uninformed of what was going on. He couldn’t do anything, though. SAGAR hung himself from the ceiling fan one day while his wife and son were not at home because he was tired of the never-ending violence.
Spousal abuse is a problem that affects both men and women. Men are expected to be strong, formidable, and to bottle up their emotions, according to the common supposition or preconceived conceptions that have pervaded our culture in the past. They are labeled as a sissy, effeminate, and other disparaging labels if they display or disclose their weaknesses.
Statistics on Male Domestic Violence
Emotional abuse is the most prevalent form of marital or domestic violence against males, with physical abuse coming in second.
IPV, or Intimate Partner Violence, can affect either the wife or the husband. IPV is caused by a variety of factors, including a lack of education, middle-class ideals, and one person earning a larger salary than the other. In a patriarchal or male-dominated country like India, it might be difficult to comprehend that even men can be victims of domestic abuse.
When compared with other countries
One in every seven males has been the victim of physical abuse by their spouses or intimate partners. Men account for two out of every five victims of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom. This refutes the widely held idea that domestic violence mainly affects women. Domestic abuse against men generally goes unchecked, according to the men’s rights advocacy organization parity, and their perpetrators are seldom prosecuted.
According to a British crime report, 40 percent of domestic violence victims were males between 2004-2005 and 2008-2009.
Since the age of 15, 1 in 16 Australian men has been subjected to domestic abuse in the form of physical or sexual torture by their spouses, intimate partners, or cohabiting partners. Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, one man was killed per month as a consequence of domestic abuse by his current or prior spouse.
Domestic violence against males by their spouses or intimate partners is not commonplace, according to these surveys and research from various nations. Appropriate mechanisms for dealing with domestic violence in a more impartial manner should be in place.
Male stereotypes in general – Men frequently feel discriminated against or nervous about speaking up about the violence they witness because they are afraid of being judged and labeled as wimpy and effeminate. They believe that their fight against violence would be in vain due to the Indian Constitution’s gender-specific rules and clauses
Fear of false cases– Men frequently believe that disclosing the violence would create undue inconvenience, and they do not want to face legal penalties as a result of our Constitution’s gender-biased or gender-specific provisions. Men are ashamed to talk about violence because of this aspect. The society also plays an important influence in perpetuating gender-biased legislation and perceptions about a specific gender.
The role of gender-biased legislation in exacerbating the problem
Gender is a social construct that is impacted by a variety of factors such as race, caste, nation, class, culture, sexual desire, ability, and traditions. Gender roles are highly strict in many south Asian nations, such as India. Men who are subjected to domestic abuse by their wives or intimate partners are exempt from the sections of the Indian Penal Code that deal to gender violence.
Only a man can be held accountable for cruelty to his wife, according to Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code 1860. No one, not even the police, listens to guys who try to open up and report on the torture and physical assault they are subjected to. When a guy complains about marital violence, Indian culture generally labels him as ‘effeminate’ or ‘feeble.’
Many men believe that things will improve soon, and as a result, they do not disclose the domestic abuse they are subjected to. There is a myriad of false cases where women unjustly accused a guy of rape or domestic abuse because of the biased rules in the Indian Penal Statute that favor women and the unfortunate part is that these biased laws inherently presume that a male can never be the victim.
Many men believe that things will improve soon, and as a result, they do not disclose the domestic abuse they are subjected to. There is a myriad of false cases where women unjustly accused a guy of rape or domestic abuse because of the biased rules in the Indian Penal Statute that favor women and the unfortunate part are that these biased laws inherently presume that a male can never be the victim.
According to a World Health Organization survey from 2002, women are more likely than males to consider suicide, whereas men are more likely to commit suicide. Continuous exposure to violence can result in a variety of medical and mental illnesses, including depression, suicidal ideation, and chronic physical illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks, HIV/AIDS, and so on.
Society’s values, culture, and conventions have changed dramatically in recent years as a result of industrialization and westernization. Previously, males were viewed as defenders of their families, but nowadays, both men and women work, raise, and manage their households, contributing equally to their salaries. Men have begun to come out about the domestic abuse they endure, and they have begun to publicly share their sorrow, misery, and challenges. Men are no longer superior to women in terms of strength. It’s past time for statutes and legislation to acknowledge their problem as a societal issue or concern.