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In my view the genesis of this problem lies inter alia in the decline of values in the society which is disturbing the family peace. The age-old concept of joint families is dwindling and nuclear families are becoming a norm, leading to absence of senior family members, carrying the experiences and wisdom to guide the just-married / recently married during conflict / problem times. It would specially be noted that these issues are arising largely amongst young couples, who are unable to find a solution to the conflicts and change in inter-personal roles arising out of the new situation they are in, one brought forth by marriage.
Causes of domestic violence, according to me, are numerous. And surprisingly illiteracy is not a cause for even well-read women, well aware of their rights and special privileges conferred by the legislation are invoking these special provisions on a daily basis just to fend their egos and satisfy the mortal selves. The notions of higher wisdom and better sense seem to have eroded and are not to be found these days.
Then the economic roles which man and woman having been playing in this country having undergone a huge change in the recent times, artificial thoughts of economic superiority are beginning to haunt the family. With differences in salaries, the higher salaried spouse is beginning to dominate the family decisions, which may not necessarily be taken in the correct perspective, leading to tensions and quarrels and even break-ups.
Then there are numerous other so-called ‘compatibility-issues’ haunting the social life of the members of the familial structures, which cannot be resolved without instilling the notions and importance of family values.