I read this in the Times of India today:
Spousal violence is rampant in India. The National Family Health Survey-III, carried out in 29 states during 2005-06, had found that 37% women reported being physically or sexually abused by their husbands at some time in their lives. More shockingly, around 54% of the women surveyed thought that such violence was justified on some grounds. The survey, which interviewed 1.25 lakh (125,000) women, saw 41% women justifying wife-beating if it was because they showed disrespect towards their in-laws while 35% women were okay with being brutally assaulted by their husbands if they neglected household chores or their children.
Not surprisingly then, 51% of the 75,000 men interviewed didn’t find anything wrong with assaulting their wives. Slapping was found to be the commonest act of violence by husbands. Only 2% of abused women have ever sought police help.