Coronavirus Crisis: No lockdown for domestic violence

Domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdown emerges as serious concern.
Data Domestic violence complaints at a 10-year high during COVID-19 lockdown.
About 86% women who experienced violence never sought help, and 77% of the victims did not even mention the incident(s) to anyone.

In the second week of April, the Delhi Police recorded a “total event count” of 2,446 that pertained to the “event type: women”. Put simply, nearly 2,500 women in Delhi called emergency helpline numbers which triggers the Emergency Response Support System of the state police. Of these calls over 600 were classified as “women abuse”, 23 calls reported rape, while a majority — 1612 — pertained to domestic violence.

The Punjab State Commission for Women (PSCW) has received at least 30 complaints everyday related to domestic violence since March 22. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has received 250 domestic violence complaints between March 25 and April 22. In 25 days between March 23 and April 16, the NCW received 239 complaints, mainly through email and a dedicated WhatsApp number. This is almost double the number of complaints (123) received during the previous 25 days, from February 27 to March 22.

Domestic violence involves a pattern of psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. Acts of assault, threats, humiliation, and intimidation are also considered acts of violence

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