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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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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