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do culture & social beliefs trigger domestic violence

Swarna Tamrakar
Enterprenuer/Radio Presenter

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist said—”Culture does not make people, people make culture”. It is culture and social mores of any given community that shape the frames of family lives; from so-called ‘honour killings’ to effective prosecution of marital rape in a growing number of marriages. The social conditioning of a boy and a girl in the family is completely different in our society and as a result, the mind-set remains the same even when they turn into adults. Yes, the gamut of domestic violence is terrifyingly wide. On the same planet, under the same sun, there are women whose status is below that of domestic animals, and who cannot make decisions about themselves and their body regardless of their marital status, and there are those who are fiercely and fundamentally protected. As much as the former end of the spectrum is appalling, the latter is hopeful.