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Female infants of victims of domestic violence die soon: Study


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Depression, physical and mental trauma, loss of confidence, emotional numbing are a few after-effects of domestic violence. A recent study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has revealed that even the kids of the victims of domestic violence are largely affected by it, which in severe cases can prove to be fatal.

The researchers say that the deaths of 1.8 million female infants and children in India over the past 20 years are related to domestic violence against their mothers.

The study is based on the examination of over 158,000 births occurring between 1985 and 2005, and it was found that husbands' violence against wives increased the risk of death among female children, but, shockingly, not male children, in both the first year and the first five years of life.

India might have prospered economically and is aspiring to achieve various development goals, but the bitter truth is that girl child is still considered to be a burden on family in several parts of the country and disparity between a male and female child prevails.

Such cases are prevalent in states where women are ill-treated and denied their rights. In such states physical abuse of women in families is acceptable to the society.

Based on the study findings, the researchers have urged that violence against women should be considered a critical priority within programs and policies to improve child survival, particularly those working to increase the survival of girls.

Currently, 2.1 million children die in India each year. To meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a two-thirds reduction in child mortality from 1990 levels by 2015 seems a far fetched dream.

Violence against mothers and the associated gender-based mistreatment of female infants and children may represent major barriers preventing India from reaching the goal.

The society needs to understand the importance of both males and females for a smooth running and should combat the problem of domestic violence and ill-treatment of girl child.

Now when it is clearly stated that domestic violence can have a bad influence on the life of female infants and can be fatal for them, family violence against India must be vigorously challenged.

A small reduction in this abuse may lead to the saving thousands of lives of girl infants and children.

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