Domestic violence and extramarital affairs are increasingly common in India. Though domestic violence or intimate partner violence and extra-marital affairs is a worldwide problem, India is the most dangerous country in the world for women according to a survey carried out by Thomson Reuters.
According to the 2014 study in The Lancet, the reported sexual violence rate in the country is among the lowest in the world. However, considering the large population of the country means that violence affects 27.5 million women over their lifetimes.
As per National Family and Health Survey in 2005, the overall lifetime prevalence of domestic violence was 33.5% and 8.5% for sexual violence among women aged 15–49. In all the cases, only women are being badly affected by men. Domestic abuse can be in any form of physical, emotional and sexual violence.
A 1999 study observed that domestic abuse was recorded in five districts of northern India from during 1995–1996. The study further added that domestic abuse ranged from 18% to 45% in those five districts.
In a shocking incident, a Delhi man set his wife ablaze after she refused to cook. Just as when the argument between a newly married couple turned from bad to worse, husband tried to kill his wife by setting her on fire and then tried to immolate himself in Delhi’s Anand Parbat area.
The accused by the name of Sohail and his wife, Haseena, were undergoing treatment at a hospital. Fortunately, the two of them were said to be in a stable condition. Sohail and Haseena got married in October last year.
The duo’s neighbours saw the fire and quickly notified the police. They then admitted them to a hospital. A case was filed under relevant sections of the IPC and an investigation is underway.