Scope of the Issue within Cultural Settings



The United States and India are both democratic states and consist of a variety of cultures with very different systems of beliefs and traditions. A comparative study of the domestic violence laws of these two countries can illuminate the critical issue of intimate partner violence through the lenses of two similar, yet different, societies. While many might view the domestic violence in India as the product of cultural groups who are “too ignorant, too primitive, too backward to know any better” the same violence is characterized as rare individual and deviant behavior in the United States. There is a greater emphasis on the situation in India to be a signifier of cultural backwardness. “They burn their women there” as opposed to: “We shoot our women here” The domestic violence murders in the United States are just as much a part of American culture as dowry death is a part of Indian culture.


Intimate Partner Violence Domestic Violence Intimate Partner Supra Note Cultural Setting 
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© Sudershan Goel, Barbara A. Sims and Ravi Sodhi 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Supreme Court Bar AssociationNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Mars Hill CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar AssociationChandigarhIndia

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