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By Shamita Das Dasgupta, Sharmila Rudrappa, Bandana Purkayastha, Professor Anitha Venkataramain-Kothari, Professor Ruksana Ayyub, Professor Bidya Ranjeet, Professor Sandeep Hunjan, Professor Shelagh Towson, Professor Maunica Sthanki, Professor Diya Kallivaya

Whilst South Asians immigrated to the us in nice numbers within the Nineteen Seventies, they have been passionately pushed to accomplish monetary balance and socialize the following iteration to hold the traditions of their domestic tradition. in the course of those years, the immigrant neighborhood went to nice lengths to undertaking an impeccable public photograph by way of denying the life of social difficulties reminiscent of household violence, sexual attack, baby sexual abuse, psychological affliction, racism, and intergenerational clash. It used to be no longer until eventually lately that activist teams have labored to convey those concerns out into the open.In physique proof, greater than twenty students and public health and wellbeing execs discover the original demanding situations confronted through sufferers of violence in intimate areas . . . inside of households, groups and relied on relationships in South Asian American groups. subject matters contain cultural obsession with women's chastity and virginity; the ongoing silence surrounding intimate violence between ladies who determine themselves as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; the results of refusing marriage proposals or failing to fulfill dowry calls for; and, eventually, the ways that the USA courts frequently confuse and exacerbate the plights of those ladies.

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Given the highly family-centered structure of the South Asian population and the compounding cultural factors mentioned earlier, it is possible that South Asian victims of domestic violence may also reveal similar behavior or symptoms characteristic of depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Ch001 11/3/06 4:58 PM Page 20 ANITHA VENKATARAMANI–KOTHARI 20 Somatic Problems Studies with abused women from white and African American groups have found that abused women are likely to have more health problems than nonbattered women (Sutherland, Sullivan, and Bybee ).

A parent pressuring a woman to stay in a violent marriage is not perceived as abusing her; rather, such persuasion is viewed as an attempt to stop her from making an impulsive decision based solely on her personal interests. The interests of the family group have to be met above everything. If anyone has to be sacrificed for the maintenance of the family system, it must be the woman. She is expected to sacrifice herself willingly and without complaint. She is reminded of the rewards that will follow her after death for being a patient and tolerant wife.

Effective communication and understanding can only occur if her attorney and counselor have full understanding of the cultural perceptions and duties that she cannot separate from. When South Asian women approach mainstream service providers, they are faced with communication problems around language and an understanding of cultural context (Preisser ). It is important for agencies working with South Asian women to provide legal and psychological assistance that is sensitive to the woman’s social position.

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