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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Aseema Sinha

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The objective of this thesis is to explore causes of domestic violence in Tamil Nadu, India. Despite Tamil Nadu's economic development and relatively high levels of female empowerment, it ranks 28th out of 29 states in India for physical domestic violence. Clearly other important factors affect the prevalence of domestic violence rates in Tamil Nadu. This thesis explores already developed theories about domestic violence, the history of Tamil Nadu, as well as the data published from the National Family Health Survey-3 to solve the paradox of Tamil Nadu. Slowly evolving societal norms and the lack of a widespread stigma against domestic violence are delaying the reduction in domestic violence rates. Efforts to educate the population about pervasive domestic violence is crucial to changing societal norms and therefore decreasing domestic violence in Tamil Nadu.