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High-Earning Indian Women Often Fall Prey to Domestic Violence: Study

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 31 March 2014, 03:13 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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BANGALORE: Today, most of the Indian women who are well educated have experienced financial independence. But, there is also a dark side to such freedom as they are often at higher risk of experiencing frequent and severe intimate partner violence than those who stays as a housewife, a new study has claimed.

Abigail Weitzman, a graduate student at New York University, looked at data from the female centric module of India's National Family Health Survey collected between 2005 and 2006. This module contains data from a nationally representative sample of women aged 15 to 49 and includes nine variables pertaining to IPV. It also asks a number of questions about women's current employment, relative earnings, and access to other money. Weitzman looked only at data from married women and explored the occurrence, frequency, and severity of violence.

Weitzman exclaimed, “Our study supports the theory known as gender deviance neutralization. It suggests that a woman’s superior resources would be viewed as gender deviant and a man would use violence to gain power or maintain control in the relationship,” reports IANS.

The researcher comes to a conclusion that as compared to women with less education than their husbands, highly educated women face 1.4 times the risk of IPV, 1.54 times the risk of frequent violence, and 1.36 times the risk of severe violence. And also programmes like microfinance and vocational training for women should be able to provide legal and psychological help to the women at risk.

"In global development efforts, there is a large emphasis on women's employment and education. My research suggests that there can be a backlash, including violence, toward women who attain greater education or earnings than their husbands," Weitzman said. "Finding a solution will be tricky. Our response should not be to stop educating and employing women, but nor should we plow ahead without recognizing this may put them at greater risk, and making changes to help protect them."

(With Agency Inputs)

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Reader's comments(6)
1: Yes.This is a little known/acknowledged paradox of Indian society, that quite a few of women educated & in top earning bracket, face violence within their family,clan. One may wonder how they cope up with this hidden undercurrent of a menace with much of nonchalance. Coexistence of medieval & modern practices within the same society is a paradox indeed.
Posted by:PRADEEP ATHAVALE - 04 Apr, 2014
2: unfortunate to know IPV is more weighed against employed women. I feel study by weitzman should be extended to understand correlation between women employment and divorce amongst young Indian couples.
Posted by:babu narayna - 03 Apr, 2014
3: Your prestige and work are important! but your better half has to be made to understand this in the language you would use with children and not with colleagues or employees who have erred.
Posted by:Ali ShahanShah - 31 Mar, 2014
4: Really do not understand why such Foreign University students have to look towards India for carrying out these kind of studies. With all due respects to the University, such studies reek of an undercurrent of a 'holier than thou' attitude, atypical of Western nations. It's not as if gender inequalities exist only in developing nations like ours, gender victimization is perhaps a more entrenched reality in so-called developed countries as well!
Posted by:Shiladitya - 31 Mar, 2014
5: Hi this is chandrakala i am one of the women in that category, please give some tips to get out of that problem and to have a smooth running family
Posted by:chandrakala - 31 Mar, 2014
6:
You need to understand male ego.Make him feel important in whatever way you can.Regards
Rajesh Replied to: chandrakala - 31 Mar, 2014