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40 pc married women face physical, sexual violence: Govt

Over 35 per cent of all women and 40 per cent of married women experienced physical or sexual forms of violence and the figures were higher in rural areas, the Lok Sabha was informed.

"The National Family Health Survey III (2005-06) data shows that in the 15-49 age group, 35.4 per cent of all women and 40 per cent of married women experienced physical or sexual violence," Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said during Question Hour.

She said 6.7 per cent experienced both physical and sexual forms of domestic violence.

Tirath said the data suggests that both physical and sexual forms of domestic violence against women are higher in rural areas as compared to the urban areas.

Domestic violence defined under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 covers physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse.

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, a total of 5,788 were registered under the Act in 2007, 5,643 cases in 2008 and 7,802 i…

Every second adult in Bihar addicted to 'khaini' : survey

'Khaini' described by a survey as 'smokeless tobacco', which is chewed with a dash of lime, is the most popular tobacco product in Bihar with every second adult addicted to it.

"Every second adult in Bihar uses smokeless tobacco and its prevalence in the state is the highest among all states in India," the survey by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS India) says.

"Altogether 63 per cent males and 35 per cent females in Bihar use smokeless tobacco," it says.

Among the six geographical regions of the north, east, central, north east, west and south in the country, the prevalence of tobacco use in any form and that of smokeless tobacco is the highest in the eastern region.

The survey shows that tobacco use starts among adults in the state between the ages 20 and 34, while daily tobacco use starts on an average at the age 18.8 years.

The mean age of initiation of smoking and smokeless tobacco is 20-34 is and 18.8 years respectively.

Every third smoke…

Religious violence, abuse growing: world study

Religious-linked violence and abuse rose around the world between 2006 and 2009, with Christians and Muslims the most common targets, according to a private US study.

"Over the three-year period studied, incidents of either government or social harassment were reported against Christians in 130 countries (66 per cent) and against Muslims in 117 countries (59 per cent)," said the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life study.

In 2009, governments in 101 nations, more than half the globe, used at least some measure of force against religious groups. A year earlier only 91 nations had done so, the report said.

Among the 25 most populous nations home to 75 percent of the global population, restrictions on religion increased substantially in eight countries -- China, Egypt, France, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam -- and did not fall significantly in any.

As of 2009, more than 2.2 billion people, or nearly a third of the world's population of 6.9 bill…