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Violence against women breaks up families in Bangladesh

Activists blame patriarchal mindset and male dominance for the rise in domestic abuse

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Violence against women breaks up families in Bangladesh

Protesters demand justice for Catholic housewife Jennifer Monica Gomes, who was allegedly killed by her husband and in-laws, during a rally Gazipur, Bangladesh, on April 15, 2019. (Photo: R. Noel)

All her life Beauty Mondol (not her real name) dreamed of becoming self-reliant and having a happy family life. She worked hard to attain both over the years.

She did gain self-reliance but failed to keep her family intact amid the scourge of domestic violence from her abusive husband.

Beauty, 33, is a government-registered nurse in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and originally a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Khulna Diocese. In 2013, she married a Catholic businessman in Khulna and later moved to Dhaka. The couple’s only child was born in 2015. Within a year they split and started living separately in 2016.

“My husband used to be a good man but he changed drastically after we moved to Dhaka. He started hanging out with bad friends and consumed alcohol and drugs. He became abusive and beat me up when I questioned where he had been and what he’d been doing,” Beauty told UCA News.

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