Kathmandu: Of the gender-based violence recorded in the country, 80 percent are found to be domestic violence, according to the Nepal Police. Total of 53 percent of the domestic violence is physical violence and 47 percent is mental violence, according to the statistics released by the police under the 16-day campaign against violence against women that began on Saturday.
The cases of VAW registered with the police also showed that 89 percent of women and girls are subjected to violence by people known to them. Senior Superintendent of Police of the Directorate of Women, Children and Senior Citizens Services Dr Manoj Kumar KC said it is unfortunate that the women and girls are being subjected to violence by people known to them and hence there is a need for active participation of the community to prevent it.
According to the data, 67 percent of cases of domestic violence are between husband and wife. In the last one year, 16,519 cases of domestic violence and 4,394 cases of other gender-based violence have been registered with the police. In terms of age group, 63 percent of the victims are girls between 11 to 16 years old. Likewise, 38 percent of the perpetrators are between 10 and 25 years old. Likewise, 50 percent of violence was found to be committed by showing fear and threatening, 35 percent by alluring with gifts and 14 percent by promising to marry. Superintendent of Police at the Directorate Ranju Sigdel said that the data show that 89 percent of the violence was committed by known people. This includes 12 percent family members, nearly 23 percent of neighbors, and 0.46 percent of teachers.