77 per cent of Indian teenage girls endure sexual violence: UN

Nearly 9,400 children and adolescents aged 0 to 19 years were killed in India in 2012.

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations | Updated: September 5, 2014 12:42 pm
rape-main The report added that about 21 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 in India had experienced physical violence since age 15.

About 77 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 in India have been subjected to sexual violence by their spouses, according to a report by UNICEF which said more than half of the girls in the age group faced physical abuse at the hands of their parents.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled “Hidden in plain sight” said violence against children is so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies that it is often unseen and accepted as the norm.

The report said that 77 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 years in India have at least once experienced forced sexual intercourse or any other forced sexual acts by their current husband or partner.

Partner violence is also pervasive in South Asia, where at least one in five girls who have ever been married or in union experienced partner violence.

In this region, the prevalence of partner violence is particularly high in Bangladesh and India.

The report said that in India 34 per cent of ever-married girls aged 15 to 19 years have experienced some form of physical, sexual or emotional violence committed by their husbands or partners.

The report added that about 21 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 in India had experienced physical violence since age 15.

It said the identity of the most common perpetrator varied by the marital status of the victim.

“Not surprisingly, among ever-married girls who experienced physical violence since age 15, a current or former partner was cited most often in all of the countries,” it said.

The report further added that girls who had not been married were most likely to report physical violence at the hands of family members, friends, acquaintances and teachers.

The most commonly reported perpetrator was the victim’s mother or stepmother, with over half of single girls reporting this in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Haiti, India, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste.

In India, 41 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 years had experienced physical violence since age 15 by their mother or step-mother while 18 per cent had been subjected to physical violence by their fathers and step-fathers.

India also had the third highest number of young homicide victims in 2012.

Nearly 9,400 children and adolescents aged 0 to 19 years were killed in India in 2012.

The report also noted that 41-60 per cent girls aged 15 to 19 years think that a husband or partner is “justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner” under some circumstances.

The report, which draws on data from 190 countries, found that about two-thirds of children worldwide or almost one billion between ages 2 and 14 are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a regular basis.

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    Raj Kapoor
    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm
    Chup kar bhadwa!
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      Raj Kapoor
      Sep 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm
      Rape all Hindu girls! Do them really hard! Do them up and down, left and right!! Do them like a pony ride!!
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        p5&5556iuyt
        Sep 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
        As an indian i really feel that its my duty to inform that a couple that recently came to live in my locality has been involved in activities that i really doubt.........the wife just few days before informed her neighbours through letters that her husband has been physically haring her,beating her soo much that he fractured her wrist......she also informed that her hussband has also been forcing her to indulge into ual relations with other men........it is my sincere duty to inform this to this responsible newspaper of our country that we must help her......resorting to police help hasn't been a best option for this lady.......so please help her....their address is 2c/158 vrindavan colony awas vikas yojna lucknow.....please help her...she needs us.PLEASE DONT LEAK MY IDENY....THANKU
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          Brandon Hamton
          Sep 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm
          It's a pity to see and hear things like this be said.
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            Brandon Hamton
            Sep 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm
            What can we do to change this situation apart from listen to criticism? As a woman I'd like to know what you think Touchpad
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              Brandon Hamton
              Sep 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm
              What can we do to change this situation apart from listen to criticism? As a woman I'd like to know what you think?
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                Brandon Hamton
                Sep 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm
                it's a pity to see and hear things like this be said by outsiders.
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                  Chopra TP
                  Sep 5, 2014 at 8:52 am
                  Another bogus study by western femi elites.
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                    Chopra TP
                    Sep 7, 2014 at 3:14 am
                    Change what situation? Change the fact that such bogus studies get so much play? Then the answer is just point out the facts and ignore the study. Inform yourself and others. These studies are done on small sample sizes by people with an agenda. They never ask their subjects directly if they experienced "ual violence". The determination weather "ual violence" occurred or not is done by the people doing the study based on questions like "Have you ever had when your husband wanted it and you did not?" This is how an absurd number like 77% is reached. Trust me western Femis are hate filled liars whose purpose is to label every male as a potential rapist so that they can shame them in to subjugation. They are not compatible with India.
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                      Paul
                      Sep 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm
                      Comments are typical of Indian males. Just deny and ignore. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand. Easier to do that, because if you admit that there is an issue then you have to do something about it. Cowards.
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                        RK Handa
                        Sep 5, 2014 at 9:53 am
                        UNICEF's report requires verification from other competent bodies also.this report says that 77 percent of teenage girls in India have been subjected to ual violence by their spouses and partners.this may or may not be true,it seems to be an exaggerated figure. Indian society is a traditional structure bound in its own limits of behaviour and non violence. There could be some stray incidents . Indian laws are in place to deal with domestic and ual violence and lately victims have been emboldened and have come forward to report abuse.It would be appropriate if other agencies too undertake a research in this matter to reach out to a logical conclusion.
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