Family violence: The passage from India can be rough for women (The Age)
Miki Perkins writes about family violence impacting South Asian communities in Australia, featuring conference speaker Dr Manjula O’Connor. Read an excerpt below.
‘Dr Manjula O’Connor is a psychiatrist and see a large number of South Asian family violence victims. She also sometimes sees perpetrators, some who genuinely want to change their behaviour change and others keen to appear “reformed” for upcoming court appearances.
The idealised image of an Indian man is a provider and the head of the household, a “hyper masculine” role that has deep roots in gender stereotypes, says Dr O’Connor.
India has a very complex marriage culture, with many expectations around relationships and an entrenched system of arranged marriage and dowry which continue, even though dowry has been illegal in India since 1961.’