A study conducted jointly by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Qatar University revealed that 160 women were exposed to abuse or sexual harassment during their childhood, prompting calls for stringent measures for protecting women.
The study was conducted on 2,787 girls from the Faculty of Literature and Science in Qatar University. Of those studied, 2,365 were nationals.
Results of the study disclosed that beating and physical assault is the most prevalent form of domestic violence followed by verbal abuse including insults and name calling. Out of the 108 victims of sexual harassment, 96 are citizens and 12 are non-Qataris.
The report said that family members use barbaric ways of punishing children, some of which are offences according to the existing criminal law. Further, the study found out that majority of the children subjected to domestic violence were girls.
Source: The Peninsula