Some Questions that need to be answered on Domestic Violence

Anand Philip writes on this:

 

Background: Poet and Dalit activist Meena kandasamy recently wrote about her story of domestic violence. She is an evocative writer and her article has resulted in a lot of conversation on various web-platforms.  Among the usual “hear hear” and “she must be lying”  comments were a few a few questions that are very important to be answered. This is a post addressing those questions. 

Note: I am not trying to explain Meena Kandasamy’s story, I have no business doing that. I am strictly answering general questions on the topic of Domestic violence.

How can feminists be victims of violence?

A lot of you are raising a reasonable question, how can someone so “strong”, a fierce feminist, put up with domestic violence. I hope this leads to you searching for truths about domestic violence, and not concluding that her story is fabricated or false based on a presupposition that strong women do not get beaten up. On my timeline on twitter, stories were pouring in about VP’s of companies, Doctors, and NGO owners who were victims of violence who suffered in silence for a long time. This is, no doubt, puzzling and I hope to explain why.

Read more here.

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