Issue 397 August 1, 2018
The Indian community, otherwise known for its placidity and trouble-free trait, is becoming a subject of concern with increasing number of cases of domestic violence or family harm.
Many young women are being subject to physical, mental and verbal abuse, some attempt at suicide, while others suffer in silence, unable or unwilling to pursue the matter with the police or other social and community welfare agencies that would be ready to help.
Tales of misery
This publication constantly receives complaints from irate neighbours, members of families or friends on the pain inflicted on hapless women. Tales of untold misery are received with increasing frequency but there is little scope for respite or relief.
We have often published victims of family harm. It is a pity that we are not able name victims of assault, rape and abuse, committed by their husbands.
The reason for such a sorry state of affairs among the Indian population is that the victims believe that going public would be a shameful act.
Name and Shame
They believe, quite erroneously, that a certain blasphemy would visit upon their homes and families if they brought their misery into the public domain.
Nothing could be farther from truth. Unlike perhaps some countries around the world, the New Zealand police are beyond reproach and encourage public interaction. They are friendly and willing to help.
But the problem is the young women themselves. In many cases, the victims decline to press charges, leaving their husbands out in the open.
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