More than half of young unmarried women in the country believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife if she insults him, according to a study released on Tuesday.
The study revealed that young females are more accepting of domestic violence than their male counterparts, with 40 per cent of men agreeing that beating one’s wife was justified under certain circumstances, compared to 53 per cent of women.
The acceptance rate among married men and women hovered around 45 per cent.
Other behaviours that ranked high among married and unmarried women as meriting abuse were betraying one’s husband, disobeying him and neglecting the children.
Men, however, were less inclined towards agreeing with the appropriateness of abuse.
The survey revealed that 53 per cent of married men believed betrayal justified beating one’s wife, while 77 per cent of wives interviewed said such behaviour merited physical abuse.