Kerala has witnessed a wave of domestic violence cases since February when the country was rocked by the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old college student.
A total of 17 women have reported being sexually assaulted by their husbands since the murder, and at least four have died.
The country’s top police officer has now urged the country’s women to come forward with their stories of domestic abuse and help end the cycle.
Kerala police have now issued a “voluntary disclosure service” for women who have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by their partners.
The service, which is voluntary, was launched on Friday and is available to all women who are at risk of becoming victims of physical or other violence.
The women who wish to be referred to the service are to write to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CM) of the district, and then have the CM write back.
The CM has also directed all agencies to ensure that the police do their best to assist victims of violence.