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Violence Perpetrated by Mothers-in-Law in Northern India: Perceived Frequency, Acceptability, and Options for Survivors.

Authors
  • Ragavan, Maya1
  • Iyengar, Kirti2, 3
  • 1 Boston Medical Center, MA, USA.
  • 2 Action Research and Training for Health, Udaipur, India. , (India)
  • 3 Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of interpersonal violence
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
35
Issue
17-18
Pages
3308–3330
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0886260517708759
PMID: 29294754
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In India, physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by a mother-in-law against a daughter-in-law is well documented. However, there is a dearth of literature exploring the perceived frequency and acceptability of mother-in-law abuse or options available for survivors of this type of abuse. The goal of this qualitative study was to add to the in-law abuse literature by exploring men's and women's perspectives about physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by mothers-in-law against daughters-in-law in northern India. Forty-four women and 34 men residing in rural and urban areas of the Udaipur district in the northwest state of Rajasthan participated in semistructured interviews. Women, but not men, thought mother-in-law abuse was common in their communities. Psychological abuse was accepted in certain situations; however, few male or female participants agreed with physical mother-in-law abuse. Men were described as mediators in the context of mother-in-law abuse, and male participants thought that disrespecting a mother-in-law was a justifiable reason for a man to hit his wife. Both male and female participants described few options available for a woman experiencing mother-in-law abuse, apart from asking her husband to intervene or living as a separate, nuclear family. Grassroots initiatives and legislative policy should focus on addressing the immediate needs of women experiencing mother-in-law abuse and developing intergenerational interventions to educate men and women about the dynamics of law abuse.

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