Women's status and violence against young married women in rural Nepal

Lamichhane, Prabhat, Puri, Mahesh, Tamang, Jyotsna and Dulal, Bishnu 2011, Women's status and violence against young married women in rural Nepal, BMC women's health, vol. 11, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/1472-6874-11-19.

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Title Women's status and violence against young married women in rural Nepal
Author(s) Lamichhane, PrabhatORCID iD for Lamichhane, Prabhat orcid.org/0000-0002-5719-7129
Puri, Mahesh
Tamang, Jyotsna
Dulal, Bishnu
Journal name BMC women's health
Volume number 11
Article ID 19
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-05-25
ISSN 1472-6874
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adult
Coercion
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Characteristics
Domestic Violence
Female
Humans
Interpersonal Relations
Logistic Models
Marital Status
Nepal
Personal Autonomy
Prevalence
Rape
Rural Population
Social Class
Spouse Abuse
Young Adult
Sexual Violence
Physical Violence
Muslim Woman
Lifetime Experience
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Summary BACKGROUND: Studies conducted around the world consistently show the existence of violence against women. Despite the increasing number of studies being conducted on violence against young married women elsewhere, this subject has received little attention from researchers and policy makers in Nepal. This paper assesses the prevalence of violence among young married women in rural Nepal. Specifically, it examines [factors related to] women's status in order to better understand the risk of violence. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2009 among 1,296 young married women aged 15-24 years in four major ethnic groups. Bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression were used to examine the association between selected risk factors and violence. RESULTS: More than half the women (51.9%) reported having experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. One-fourth (25.3%) reported physical violence and nearly half (46.2%) reported sexual violence. Likewise, one-third (35.8%) of women reported experiencing some form of violence in the past 12 months. No or little inter-spousal communication and low autonomy of women significantly increases the odds of experiencing violence among married women. CONCLUSIONS: The violence against women is quite common among young married women in rural Nepal. Although the Domestic Violence and Punishment Act 2066 has been enacted, equal attention needs to be given to increasing women's autonomy and activities that encourage inter-spousal communication. Furthermore, more research is required in Nepal that examines dynamics of violence perpetrated by husbands.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1472-6874-11-19
Field of Research 1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Lamichhane et al
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