By Shamita Das Dasgupta, Sharmila Rudrappa, Bandana Purkayastha, Professor Anitha Venkataramain-Kothari, Professor Ruksana Ayyub, Professor Bidya Ranjeet, Professor Sandeep Hunjan, Professor Shelagh Towson, Professor Maunica Sthanki, Professor Diya Kallivaya
Whilst South Asians immigrated to the U.S. in nice numbers within the Nineteen Seventies, they have been passionately pushed to accomplish monetary balance and socialize the subsequent iteration to hold the traditions of their domestic tradition. in the course of those years, the immigrant group went to nice lengths to undertaking an impeccable public picture via denying the life of social difficulties comparable to family violence, sexual attack, baby sexual abuse, psychological sickness, racism, and intergenerational clash. It used to be no longer till lately that activist teams have labored to convey those matters out into the open.In physique proof, greater than twenty students and public wellbeing and fitness execs discover the original demanding situations confronted via sufferers of violence in intimate areas . . . inside of households, groups and depended on relationships in South Asian American groups. subject matters comprise cultural obsession with women's chastity and virginity; the ongoing silence surrounding intimate violence between ladies who establish themselves as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; the effects of refusing marriage proposals or failing to fulfill dowry calls for; and, finally, the ways that the USA courts usually confuse and exacerbate the plights of those girls.
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Women themselves lack understanding of the laws, so many women still leave the courts without getting a religious divorce, only to return years later to try to complete the comprehensive divorce process. Aleema’s husband left her for a young white woman. He had been generous enough to offer her a continued place in his house as a second wife. Aleema, who did not speak a word of English and had survived years of abuse, stood up against this ﬁnal injustice and refused the offer. Because he was interested in getting married again, Aleema’s husband divorced her in the Family Court.
In contrast, no clear stand is taken against a man who is violent. Violence in marriage is generally condemned, but when it does happen, the religious community offers no clear consequences for the abuse. Furthermore, the Islamic religious community tends to condemn any woman who seeks legal protection from an abusive spouse. Her actions are considered disloyal to the husband and the family. qxd 11/3/06 4:59 PM Page 32 RUKSANA AYYUB 32 considering them radical. Yet, the services provided by the Islamic Centers often fail to include social problems such as domestic violence.
However, many men go back to their home countries to marry and bring their wives back with them. It is helpful to both if they go through the process of registration of their marriage in America, as it saves future difﬁculties in proving the legality of the marriage. Like marriage, divorce also occurs at two different levels: religious divorce, called Talaq, and civil divorce. Generally, the man gives Talaq to his wife in the presence of witnesses, which ends the marriage at the religious level.