- UN Population Fund analyzes data from 193 member countries
- This year there may be 1.5 crore cases of domestic violence worldwide
- There will be about 1 million unwanted pregnancies in the world due to lockdown
May 03, 2020, 05:52 AM IST
Research Desk. On one hand, due to coronavirus, large population of the world is imprisoned in homes. On the other hand, due to the lockdown, there has been increased discord among the families. According to the UN Population Fund (UNPF), domestic violence has increased by 20% per cent due to worldwide lockdown. It is estimated that this year, due to restrictions, there may be 15 crore cases of domestic violence worldwide. These new figures have blurred the picture of women hoping for a better life in the next decade.
- 13 million people can have child marriages
According to the UNPAF, in the last three months, 4.4 crore women worldwide have not been able to use contraceptive measures due to restrictions. These women live in 114 low and middle income countries. Due to this there will be about 10 lakh unwanted pregnancy. Apart from this, researchers say that due to restrictions, 53 lakh girls can get married prematurely in the next 10 years. 13 million people can have child marriages. This will also disrupt all the ongoing programs against child marriage.
- More than 5,000 clinics have closed in 64 countries
According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, more than 5,000 clinics have closed in 64 countries due to Corona. Mary Stopes International has estimated that there may be 3 million unwanted pregnancies in the world due to restrictions. There could be about 27 million unsafe abortions. There may be more than 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths.
If the lockdown increases, there will be an additional 1.5 crore cases of domestic violence every three months.
- According to UNPF executive director Natalia Kanem, the assessment is based on data from around the world. The administration of every country has stated that cases of domestic violence have increased due to Kovid-19 and lockdown.
- These data were analyzed by UNPF and its partners Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University, Victoria University. It has come out that in the last 3 months, domestic violence cases have already increased by 20% in 193 UN member states.
- Researchers have predicted that if the lockdown is extended further worldwide, an additional 1.5 million cases of domestic violence may occur every three months. This has also affected the UN's domestic violence prevention program. The UN aims to reduce such cases by two-thirds by 2030.