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Reports of domestic violence against women increased in the year of the lockdown: data from NCW | India News


NEW DELHI: The number of complaints of domestic violence received by the National Commission for Women increased dramatically from 2,960 in 2019 to 5,297 in 2020, the year of the closure in which most people were confined to their homes due to Covid- 19. The trend also continues this year.
The NCW received a total of 19,730 complaints of crimes against women in 2019 compared to 23,722 in 2020, according to official data.
One year after the shutdown, the NCW continues to receive more than 2,000 complaints each month of crimes against women, and nearly a quarter of those are related to domestic violence, she said. According to NCW data, 1,463 complaints of domestic violence against women were received from January 2021 to March 25, 2021.
The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 last year to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it also trapped many victims of domestic violence with their abusers.
Shortly after the lockdown was imposed, the NCW reported an increase in complaints related to domestic violence so much that it started a dedicated WhatsApp number to report only domestic violence complaints.
The number of complaints of domestic violence continued to rise over the months and a record number of 660 complaints of this type were received in July.
Since June, the NCW has been receiving more than 2,000 complaints of crimes against women each month, nearly a quarter of which are for domestic violence, according to the data.
According to NCW data, 25,886 reports of crimes against women have been received from April 2020 to date, including 5,865 reports of domestic violence. Additionally, the NCW received the highest number of complaints against women in six years in 2020 at 23,722, with nearly a quarter of them for domestic violence.
NCW President Rekha Sharma had said that financial insecurity, increased stress levels, anxiety, financial worry, and a lack of other emotional support from parents and family may have resulted in domestic violence in many cases in 2020.
“Furthermore, the home has become the workplace of both spouses and schools and universities for their children. In such situations, women multitask and are professionals while supporting their families from the beginning. same space. But the biggest challenge for women this year is not just to adapt but to thrive in this unprecedented situation, “she had told PTI.
Women’s rights activist Yogita Bhayana, who heads the People Against Rape in India (PARI) organization, said the high rate could also be due to the high awareness of women to speak out and report it.
“There has been an increase because there is also an increase in awareness because women are becoming more proactive in reporting it and talking about it. Before they used to suppress their complaints and the government is also raising awareness and women are motivated by other women who they denounce him., “she said.
“Due to social media, reporting of domestic violence has increased. Women have become more vocal and have less tolerance, which is very good,” she noted.

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