New Delhi: According to the preliminary findings by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) nearly 40.7% Indian men hold ‘rigid and discriminatory' gender views. This segment believes women to be inferior.
They consider that the males have the right to dominate females.
International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) did its survey in seven Indian states. They interviewed 9,205 men and 3,158 women aged 18-49 from Haryana, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and UP.
According to the study Uttar Pradesh tops the chart with 64% males holding rigid masculinity approach.
UP is followed by Rajasthan (22%) and Maharashtra (25%).
According to the experts men who hold the most rigid views of masculinity physically abuse their partner and want their wives to bear a son over a daughter.
ICRW has classified men into various categories — equitable men, flexible behaviour men, flexible attitude men and, lastly, the rigidly masculine.
Only one in four men (25.6%) fell in the equitable category. This segment strongly believes men and women are equal.
The findings show that men with a secondary or higher education and urban men are more likely to be equitable.
The above mentioned data is based on the preliminary finding of the ICRW as a detailed report is yet to be formally issued by ICRW in collaboration with the United Nation's Population Fund.