World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a public attitude survey on the role of women in Montenegro, one out of every four men believes that violence against women is justified in "certain cases", while a high number of men think that women provoke the abuser to violent action.
The survey also shows that more than 70 percent of people in the country agree that the main role of the women in the society is to be "a good mother and a wife."
"The message one can get because of the penalty policy we have is that violence [against women] is legitimate and socially acceptable. We worry because very often victims are not ready to file a claim against the perpetrators, and they do not want to testify in the front of the courts," the Center for Civic Education of Montenegro said in a statement on Sunday in reaction to the findings of the survey.
The center called the public and politicians in this country to eliminate the menace as their appeal came just one day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The center said violence against women constituted the most common form of the human rights violations in Montenegro, adding that besides women children and elderly people were also subjected to domestic violence.
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to honor the Mirabal sisters, the four Dominican political dissidents who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Three of them were killed on 25 November, 1960.
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