Gender based violence has been going on since times immemorial. the UN women and other organizations have been doing alot in order to curb this. But has it crossed our minds what about the plight of women with disabilities?
During this global pandemic, domestic violence has been called the shadow pandemic.
During the lockdown, there has been a lot of gender based violence against women and girls with disabilities. India is home to around 15 percent of the world's disabled population. many of which are women.
I know of a girl who was beaten by her husband continually, and her phone was denied to her. She was a wheel-chair user. her husband would not even take her to a doctor for her disability treatment. She has a small son, and the husband always wants her to feel dependent on him, yet when she needs help, he acts as if it is a nuisance.
There has been instance of sexual violence against blind women, husbands tying them to their beds and having intercourse with them, without consent. This is called marital rape.
During This lockdown, it increased on account of men unable to go to work, and all members at home, and temper rising due to frustration, no income, and no alcohol for daily wage earners who are used to earning per day and drinking a smattering of alcohol after. Many wives are women with disabilities. They are helpless due to their condition, and lack of proper access to people, resources, lack of privacy setting, is the reason why they can't get to anyone on time.
What is solution?
Have a link box kind of a pocket device. not like a phone, but like an MP3 player so no on suspects. then if the women is in danger she can press a button, and the alert can go to the nearest police station, hospital, women's cell, or even a close friend also.
there should be special women counselors at hand in each remote areas village, taluk, and district. there should be an exclusive cell at block village level for women to complain with the utmost confidentiality.