‘More women justify beatings’

More women than men justify wife beating, says a survey by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, Health Ministry and UNICEF which was launched in Suva last week.

The Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2021 found that 24 per cent of women aged 15-49 in the 6000 households surveyed, justified wife beating for going out without telling her husband, neglecting the children, arguing with her husband, refusing to have sex and burning food.

In comparison, only 21 per cent of men said wife beating was justified.

More than 5000 women were surveyed and 11.5 per cent said they believed a husband was justified in beating his wife if she went out without telling him.

Of the women surveyed, 18.6 per cent said the beating was justified if she neglected the children, 8.9 per cent said it was OK if she argued with him, 4.4 per cent said the beating was justified if she refused to have sex and 5 per cent if she burnt the food.

In terms of division, Northern women topped the survey question with 28.8 per cent of women saying being beaten was justified, followed by 23.9 per cent in the Central, 23.5 in the Western and 19.7 in the Eastern.

More rural women said getting beaten for any of the five questions was justified (28.8 per cent) compared with 21.4 per cent of their urban counterparts.

In terms of age range, 27.3 per cent in the 20-24 age bracket said being beaten was justified, compared with 25.7 per cent of women in the 40-44 age group, 25.4 per cent in the 30-34 age bracket, 24.7 per cent in the 18-19 years, 24.5 per cent in the 35-39 age group, 23.8 per cent in the 45-49 age bracket, 23 per cent in the 25-29 age group, and 20.2 per cent in the 15-19 age bracket.

Overall, the survey found that men and women aged 15-49 years living in the poorest households and in rural areas were more accepting of domestic violence.

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