domestic violence

A Promise is a Promise

UN Secretary-General's Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women


Do you think this is possible, realistically? If a country agrees to accept domestic violence as a crime, how will they enforce this law and ensure that it doesn't happen? How will they encourage those who are sworn into secrecy to speak out?


by Alveena Salim

What would you do if you were subjected to extreme physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by the one who claimed to love you? What would you do if your husband came home one night drunk and abusive? What would you do if he sexually abused you coz you accidentally burnt his shirt?

What would you do if your husband thought it was ok to use you as a punch bag for ten years? Would you accept your fate? Or would you be provoked into hurting your husband the way he hurt you?

These were some of the dilemmas faced by Aishwarya Rai when she played the role of a victim of domestic violence in the film ‘Provoked’. Directed by Jag Mundra, the film is loosely based on a true story.

So what is domestic violence?