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Domestic violence may start when one partnerfeels the need to control and dominate the other.Abusers may feel this need to control theirpartner because of low self-esteem, extremejealousy, difficulties in regulating anger and otherstrong emotions, or when they feel inferior to theother partner in education and socioeconomicbackground. Some men with very traditionalbeliefs may think they have the right tocontrol women and that women aren’t equal tomen.
In 1983, domesticviolence wasrecognized as aspecific criminaloffence by theintroduction ofsection 498-A intothe Indian PenalCode. This section