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Domestic Violence: South Asia
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In South Asia, violence against women takes many forms, ranging from slapping, pushing, hitting, and kicking to dowry-killings, acid-throwing, nutritional deprivation, stove burning, polygamy, unilateral divorce, and sexual abuse. Information on violence against Muslim women in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives is almost non-existent. The print media has focused largely on Bangladesh and Pakistan – two Muslim majority countries in South Asia – and India, where about 125 million Muslims live. In these three countries, women's groups, non-governmental organizations,

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Zaman, Habiba, “Domestic Violence: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0075h>
First published online: 2009

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