Every day the newspapers in India are filled with traumatic stories of women facing different kinds of violence at the hands of men. But violence is not a gender-based thing, thus, men too can be the receiving end of harassment. In recent years, there has been a constant rise in domestic violence against men. The current data shows men too are facing physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their wives.
The figures collected by the Madya Pradesh Police have been alarming. In fact, the MP Police have created a separate category of “wives beating husbands” based on complaints received on its ‘Dial-100’ service. As per the statistics, 158 such cases were reported in January, 179 in February, 212 in March and 253 in April.
‘Dial-100’ is an emergency service to help people facing violence.
In total, 802 men made calls in the last four months to seek help from the police. Though this number is very less as compared to 22,000 complaints received from women, the data certainly reveals the dismal state of men.
The obvious perception i.e only women are the victims of violence needs to change.
In Madhya Pradesh, Indore reported the highest number of 72 such cases, while in the state capital, Bhopal, 52 men complained to the police against their wives.