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do culture & social beliefs trigger domestic violence

Shakti Kumar Begani
Executive Director, Shree Ganapati Jewellers

Social norms are the unwritten rules of behaviour that are considered acceptable in a group or society. These norms decide what is considered appropriate or inappropriate. People follow them as otherwise they would be at the risk of facing social disapproval. However different cultures have their own social norms, and some of them lead to domestic violence. One of the main triggering factors for domestic violence in Nepal is the belief that men are superior to women. Though education and strict laws have helped to change the mind-set of people to some extent, it is still prevalent in society. Also, this thought is so deep-rooted that even educated people fail to realise it is wrong.