Critical Analysis of Domestic Violence: A Gender Neutral Study

Vanya Agarwal
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India

Volume III, Issue IV, 2020

We have been brought up in a culture where society dictates that men are supposed to be strong, courageous and dominant, while women are expected to be fragile and submissive. Women endure a great deal of ordeals like rapes, domestic violence, harassment, etc.  but it would be discriminatory to men if we don’t acknowledge that they go through these atrocities as well. Domestic violence against males is no longer an aberration, but a real problem. The term ‘masculinity’ weighs on men throughout their lives.

Even people belonging to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community can be the victims of such violence.  They are in fact more likely to be the victims of such crimes. 

This paper provides a novel and comprehensive analysis to the conventional laws pertaining to domestic violence in India by taking a gender neutral approach.

Keywords- domestic violence, men victims, LGBTQ victims, India, gender-neutral laws