53% of teenage girls in Pakistan believe domestic violence is justified: report

Published: February 10, 2016


Around 53 per cent of teenage girls in Pakistan and India believe a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one reason, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.

Refusing sex is one of the reasons girls aged 15-19 believe a husband is justified in beating his wife.

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United Nations Population Fund

The report, titled, ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People in Asia and the Pacific’, also states that over 30 per cent of girls aged 15-19 had experienced physical or sexual violence in Pakistan.

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Further, data from Cambodia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal indicate that permissive attitudes regarding violence against women are also common among adolescent boys: between 25% and 51% reporting that wife beating was justified.

Low educational attainment, unemployment and a family history of violence were positively associated with acceptance of violence.

The report also says Pakistan is one of the countries where the greatest number of adolescents (10-19 years) live with HIV. India (120,000) has the largest population of HIV-positive adolescents followed by Indonesia (46,000), Thailand (11,000), Myanmar (7,700), Pakistan (7,000), Cambodia (3,500), Iran (3,200), Viet Nam (2,600) and Nepal (1,200).

Moreover, only 28% of young men aged 15-24 years in Pakistan and less than half of 15-24 year old females know that condoms can prevent HIV. Also, half of adolescent girls rely on short-acting methods (pills and condoms).

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Malik Saab
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:40PM

    According to the report Pakistan leads in HIV patients in the age bracket of 10-19 years. How this report was actually compiled?. By Indian and Thailand offices.? How they surveyed in Pakistan?. Also this is a gross exaggeration by this report that every second woman believe that violence is justified.
    This is just another arm chair report with no real grounds. This happens when UN conduct surveys from their cozy offices of Europe and India. These surveys are done based on a certain agenda. I do not find any actual and factual evidence in most of these reports.Recommend

  • amit
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:04PM

    very well saidRecommend

  • vinsin
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:23PM

    @Malik Saab:
    Link is provide in the first para. The article doesnt say that every second woman believe that violence is justified. What is the agenda? What is the actual and factual evidence according to your report and surveys?Recommend

  • Sane
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:12PM

    A Bird born in cage thinks flying is sickness. Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 11, 2016 - 12:25AM

    Theres a reason why muslim women in the west are so much more free and seen as equals. Its because the west doesnt have the sexist, misogynistic and backwards culture so frequently seen in muslim countries. Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Feb 11, 2016 - 4:25AM

    @Malik Saab: Hahahah! What’s the agenda? Recommend

  • rk singh
    Feb 11, 2016 - 7:16AM

    @Malik Saab:

    If Indians compiled this report, why will they show themselves in bad light?Recommend

  • GB
    Feb 11, 2016 - 8:40AM

    @Malik Saab:
    “This happens when UN conduct surveys from their cozy offices of Europe and India.” Thanks for admitting the rising disparity among mine country and yours.Recommend

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