In India Courts, Sexist Marriage Attitudes Hinder Justice

News Organization

Wall Street Journal Online

Publication Date

17 May 2013

Publication Author

Tripti Lahiri

The Supreme Court of India overturned a lower court verdict in a spousal abuse case that lead to a woman’s death, mentioning that the lower court’s suggestion that wife-beating is “a normal facet”  of marriage is a “mind-set which needs to change”.  The article cites an ICRW study to demonstrate the prevalence of these attitudes, saying:For instance, in a survey by the International Center for Research on Women published in 2011 of more than 1,500 men in two urban areas – the capital of Delhi, and the southern city of Vijayawada – some 65% of respondents agreed with the statement, “There are times when a woman deserves to be beaten”.