Tajik Wives Vulnerable to In-Law Violence

Law passed two years ago yet to translate into societal change.

Tajik Wives Vulnerable to In-Law Violence

Law passed two years ago yet to translate into societal change.

Friday, 6 November, 2015

Although Tajikistan passed specific legislation to deal with domestic violence in 2012, the problem remains widespread.

Poverty and lack of both education and opportunities affects women in particular. Married women typically live with their husband’s extended family, so domestic violence may be inflicted by their in-laws as well as spouses. Often, husbands are away for extended periods working in Russia, so the wife left behind to live with the in-laws may be seen as a burden.

There are strong taboos against outsiders interfering in family matters, and the victims risk losing everything they have if they report the crime.

“When Tajik women are better educated and in employment, they are less likely going to suffer domestic violence,” according to Sabohat Bobojanova, head of the Gulruhsor women’s centre in Khujand, northern Tajikistan. 

Kamar Ahror is a radio reporter in Tajikistan.

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