LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: Priya Ravichandrand, Nusra Noorudheen, and Ponmany reflect on how Australian culture approaches women and equality.
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: Priya Ravichandrand, Nusra Noorudheen, and Ponmany reflect on how Australian culture approaches women and equality. Trinette Stevens

Indian-born Rocky women shocked by domestic violence

IT wasn't until she turned on the radio that Rockhampton's Indian-born Nusra Noorudheen heard about the prevalence of domestic violence in Australia.

Nusra, along with friends Priya Ravichandrand and Ponmany Vijay came together yesterday to reflect on the way Australian culture approaches women and equality and how this differs from their former homelands.

Priya and Nusra are both from India, and Ponmany moved here from Malaysia just a month ago.

"We found the most positive aspects here are equality, and security for women as well," Priya said.

"Also the outlook. How we view each other as different genders is more open and friendlier here."

But when it came to gendered violence, the trio agreed it was something they had never experienced.

"I have never seen any domestic violence. I have never seen it in Indian society, I'm not saying it doesn't exist but I was never exposed to it," Nusra said.

"Equality is a bigger issue there than violence. If I look back into families, the women are always treated with respect but not with equality."

Priya pointed out it is more difficult to commit family violence in India because of the extended family unit.

She said having large family groups deterred any potential for violence, but as family units become smaller and more private, the risk increased.

"When families (in India) start to become more nuclear, they start to face similar problems like here in Australia," she said.



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