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Abuse needs to be taken seriously

  • Published at 02:18 pm March 12th, 2020
Break away from traditional notions to end violence

Even when it happens to men

Any news of abuse and torture is always discussed in this society ruled by men. But in the world, is it just women who are being abused by men? Are men not abused by women?

A review of various cases says that many men in society are being subjected to constant abuse in their homes. When they are victims of mental torture, they usually cannot express it. Is torture just physical? No. Sometimes it is physical, sometimes psychological, sometimes sexual, and sometimes social.

Analysts say that men are unable to seek the protection of the law even though they have experienced torture at the hands of their partners. Men often can’t talk about abuse. On the other hand, if a woman wishes to abuse the law, she could potentially file a dowry case against a man in a police station. 

Now, even if she is complaining, action can be taken without verifying the truth. In that case, it becomes a tool of harassment. 

There is also the ugly side of social media. Men cannot speak up in shame or fear -- fear of people’s laughter. 

For example, one man chose to commit suicide after being abused by his wife. Such incidents have become common now. 

The demand for legal protection is growing. Abuse at the hands of women -- and dowry cases -- need to be settled quickly. And if there is evidence that one has made a false case, then there should be severe punishment and penalties.

Women have come a long way, entirely based on their own merit. It is our pride. But violence against men is a reality that should not be ignored.

The number of abused men is not low in this country. While working on human rights, government and non-governmental organizations in the country do not have accurate data on violence against men. 

As a result, news of the abuse women face is more readily published, but on the other hand, in the dark, there are incidents of abuse against men. 

However, several organizations have lately been focusing on violence against men. But in this society ruled by men, the oppression of men cannot be thought of. As a result, the story of their abuse remains hidden in most cases. Action needs to be taken to stop it.

Men are often subjected to both physical and mental abuse by their wives. There is no specific law to prevent this. Five tribunals have been constituted for abuse against women and children, but not one for men. 

As a result, it is becoming difficult to provide legal assistance to the victims. Many men -- from the upper ranks of society to rickshaw-pullers -- suffer from physical and mental torture, and many men are at the court seeking legal help. 

But the question is: How many are getting a fair trial?

Without the development of women, the development of a society and state cannot be imagined. That is why many countries at the peak of development promote women development. 

Our country has gone a long way in the development of women. Women of our country have surpassed men in many fields. The rights of women are mentioned in Articles 27, 28 and 29 of our constitution. 

There are multiple laws in the country to protect women. Among these are the Women and Child Abuse Act (2000), the Acid Prevention Act (2002), the Family Violence and Repression Act (2010), and the Dowry Prevention Act (1980). 

Sometimes, however, men become victims of harassment and abuse.

Those concerned say that the victims are being deprived of legal services for these reasons. The abuse of dowry laws is the most common in cases of violence against men. 

Various case studies have shown that sometimes men are forced to accept unreasonable demands made by their wives and families due to excessive debt. 

In addition to establishing women’s rights, the protection of men should be in the existing law. 

Apurba Mogumder is a student of law.

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