Bhubaneswar, Aug 21(LocalWire): A study conducted by the Bhubaneswar-based Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) claimed that the cases of domestic violence against women are on the rise amind Coronavirus pandemic.
The survey received data from the women, adolescents and school going children. The survey report claimed that 74 per cent of their sample group reported mental torture during the pandemic.
The study also said that 23 per cent of the respondents also reported a rise in domestic violence cases while two per cent of the women group also talked about being sexually assaulted during the period.
The report also highlighted the loss of wages and livelihoods during the pandemic.
90 per cent of the women surveyed claimed that they were affected by the Coronavirus in some form.
It was also reported that 70 per cent of the surveyed population reported reduction in their income during the period.
The survey was done with 700 women and 228 school going girls in six districts-Khurda, Malkangiri, Raygada, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Koraput.
Some of the other interesting findings of the survey included-
–77% of women who are small farmers and sharecroppers told that their agriculture work has been slowed down.
–39% women said that they did not get any work under MGNREGA and equivalent percent reported that they could not go for NTFP collection due to restrictions in movement.
–41% respondents reported difficulty in managing the livestock as they find it difficult to buy fodder to feed their cattle.
-41% respondents said they have no savings left as they withdraw entire balance to meet their day to day expenses.
–Approximately, 37% respondents have started taking loans from Self Help Group and 10% from banks.
–Most of the women and adolescent girls faced difficulty in accessing public health centres due to non-availability of public transports.
-66% preferred home based traditional treatments, 13% went to village quacks for their treatment.
-Only 40% of school girls areceived full set of text books from school followed by 15% partly.