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The News Minute | November 11, 2014 | 02:37 Sixty percent of Indian men agreed to have acted violently against their wives or partners, according to a recently published report by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in collaboration with the United Nations World Population Fund (UNFPA). For the report titled Masculinity, Intimate Partner Violence and Son Preference in India, 9,205 men and 3,158 women within the age group of 18-49 were surveyed in the following seven states across India: Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Women too, agreed to having abused in some form, with 52 percent of them saying they had experienced some form of violence at some point in their lives.  The study also points out that 'Educated men and women who were 35 years old or more were less likely to perpetrate or experience violence.' Men experiencing economic stress or those uneducated, were more likely to have perpetrated some form of violence against their wives or partners.  'Education and economic status may also create less pressure for men to conform to dominant societal expectations to behave in a rigidly masculine manner', states the report. The study found that perpetration of violence against women by men was the highest in the states of Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Violence can take several forms: Emotional violence, economic abuse, physical violence and sexual violence.
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