Excusing abuse

Over half of Pakistan’s teenage girls believe domestic violence justified

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A new report from the United Nations Population Fund says that more than half of all teenage girls in Pakistan believe domestic violence is justified in certain situations. The report, entitled, “Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People in Asia and the Pacific,” found that over half of Pakistani girls aged between 15 and 19 — 30 percent of whom are likely to have already experienced physical or sexual violence — believe that wife-beating is justified for reasons that include refusing to have sex with their husbands. Further data from Cambodia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal revealed that between 25 and 51 percent of teenage boys in those countries believe wife beating is justified. Factors such as low education, unemployment, and family history of violence were correlated with acceptance of domestic violence.

Also included in the report was the incidence of HIV in adolescents between ages 10 and 19. India topped that list at 120,000, followed by Indonesia at 46,000, Myanmar at 7,700, and Pakistan at 7,000. Only 28 percent of young men aged between 15 and 24 in Pakistan, and less than half of Pakistani girls of the same age, know that condoms can prevent HIV.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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