35 percent Indian women victims of domestic violence: UN

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New Delhi, Jul 8: Thirty five percent of women face physical violence, while ten percent face sexual violence from their partners in India, said a UN report.

"It was found that 35 per cent of respondents in India have reported to be victims of physical violence by their intimate partners, while 10 per cent of respondents were victims of sexual violence by their intimate partners," said the report.

The report also said that 39 percent women thought it was all right to get beaten by a partner.

The report was released by UN women, a new body dedicated to the empowerment of women and gender equality. The report "Progress of the World's Women" cited that India was falling behind when it came to  representing a women and also majority of them were denied justice.

"India significantly lags behind the rest of the world, with women making up just three per cent of judges. Women judges are under-represented in most of the courts in the country," said the report.

Lakshmi Puri, the assistant secretary-general, UN called the report "disappointing".

The report which analysed issues like women subjected to sexual harassment and women's access to judicial system across the world also indicated the higher dominance of both sexual and physical violence against women.

"It was found that 35% of respondents in India have reported to be victims of physical violence by their intimate partners, while 10% of respondents were victims of sexual violence by their intimate partners," said the report.

"Discriminatory attitudes among the police and judges mean that women are often reluctant to report crimes," the report added.

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