Fighting Domestic Violence
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FightingDomesticViolence

Rural communities in India

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Context

Violence against women is the most common form of human rights violation in India. In some parts of India it is so deeply ingrained, that women are trapped in a life of violence. Shame, stigma and a lack of support from the police and the legal system prevent many women from reporting domestic violence and seeking help.

How The Asian Circle are fighting violence against women in India

The Asian Circle is working with Oxfam in rural Adivasi communities in Chhattisgarh and Odisha to challenge the social acceptance of sexual and domestic violence against women.

There’s a long road ahead but together we are already changing lives.

We are helping the government, the police and judiciary to apply the laws that protect women, and setting up support centres that offer medical care, legal advice, counselling and shelters for survivors of gender-based violence.

We have also launched a state-wide campaign to raise awareness of and change attitudes towards violence against women.

Progress so far

In Chhattisgarh state, there has been State-Level Consultation on the State Gender Equality Policy, a policy which was not revisited for more than a decade. Women from across the state participated to reflect their concerns and issues on the policy gaps.

In Odisha, “Gender Times” sessions were organised at colleges, which increased engagement of adolescents and youth groups with gender issues.

In 2017-2018 alone, the project supported 273 survivors of gender-based violence and held workshops on gender and violence against women with more than 6,000 people.

Watch The Asian Circle’s short film about their visit to the project:

Global Goals

The Circle strives to support projects that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.

This project targets Goal 5’s Target 5.2: To end all violence against and exploitation of women and girls. This target aims to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

Bina's story

When Bina was pregnant, she was physically and verbally abused by her husband and threatened with more abuse if she told anyone. When she fled to her family’s home, her husband attacked them too.

Bina and her family went to the police station but the police refused to help her. Luckily, one of The Circle’s and Oxfam’s partner organisations spotted the family as they were walking into the police station and offered their help.

The organisation offered Bina counselling and legal support. She has managed to put her husband behind bars, has applied for child maintenance and is learning how to sew so that she can get a job and raise her son Vijay, who is two years old now.

Despite enormous societal pressure, Bina refuses to return to her husband.

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