In 11 states over 70% of women and 1 UT never asked for help or stated anyone about the violence that has been experienced by them, the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS) found out.
According to NFHS-5, “the proportion of such women was over 80 percent in four states and one union territory — Assam (81.2 percent), Bihar (81.8 percent), Manipur (83.9 percent), Sikkim (80.1 percent), and Jammu and Kashmir (83.9 percent).”
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Tripura (76 percent), Telangana (71 percent), West Bengal (76.3 percent), Maharashtra (76.4 percent), Goa (75.7 percent), Gujarat (70.6 percent), and Andhra Pradesh (79.7 percent) are among the several states where more than 70% women never asked for help or stated anyone about the violence that has been faced by them.
Less than almost 10% of women asked for help to escape from any sort of physical violence in 8 states- Assam (6.6 percent), Andhra Pradesh (7.7 percent), Bihar (8.9 percent), Goa (9.6 percent), Himachal Pradesh (9.6 percent), Jammu and Kashmir (7.1 percent), Manipur (1.2 percent), and Nagaland (4.8 percent).
The sources of help for those women who asked it included their own family members, husband’s family, neighbor, lawyer, police, and other religious leaders.
The types of relationship problems faced by the women were bruises, cuts, aches, broken bones, eye injuries, sprains, broken teeth, and dislocations among others.