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article imageDomestic violence soaring in India, woman beheads abusive husband

By Michael Krebs     Sep 29, 2013 in World
Underscoring the extremity of the violence against women in India, a woman beheaded her husband in the Sivaganga district after facing intolerable abuse from him.
A 21 year-old woman surrendered to authorities in India on Friday after beheading her husband with a sickle, the Times of India reported.
Praveena was reported to have endured significant and ongoing physical abuse at the hands of her husband, S Parimannan. Her husband, a rickshaw driver, was familiar to district police and local authorities — with charges filed against him that include murder and robbery. S Parimannan was reported to be a violent alcoholic who beat his two wives regularly.
The extremity of the beheading incident further amplifies the challenges posed to India's government on how to handle the widespread occurrences of violence against women and of sexual assault that women face nationwide in India.
According to a May 2000 report conducted over a three-year period by the International Center for Research on Women, 50 percent of Indian women surveyed reported being subjected to domestic violence. Incidents of domestic violence were highest in rural regions, followed by urban slum settings, and with non-slum urban settings reporting a 40 percent domestic violence figure.
"The IndiaSAFE study underlines that the situation of Indian women is quite severe in terms of the violence they experience in the marital home," the study's authors concluded 13 years ago.
There does not appear to have been any meaningful progress on the issue of domestic violence in India. Coming nearly a decade after the International Center for Research on Women study, a June 2009 report from Reuters highlighted the frequency of violent abuse against women, even among the higher economic classes in India.
In the meantime, Praveena has been arrested and awaits her trial in prison.
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