Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children (below 18 years of age). Of those women, more than 1 in 3—or some 250 million—were married before 15. Adult women account for almost half of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls together account for about 70 per cent, with girls representing two out of every three child trafficking victims. At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting in 30 countries. One in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15 (including having received unwanted, offensive sexually explicit emails or SMS messages, or offensive, inappropriate advances on social networking sites).
Clearly, violence against women is a prevalent trend that must be taken seriously, and must be stopped. One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner.
If a wife is beaten, at least partly it is because women are seen as property- to be treated as the husband, her owner, desires. On a broader level it is also because a woman is perceived as the “weaker” sex, dependent on man, so he can bully her.
Furthermore, there is a peculiar attitude in society and, worse, in our judiciary that rape in the case of woman so ‘loose’ character is not quite so heinous a crime.