Indian adolescents support wife beating, says UNICEF report : North News - India Today A majority of Indian boys and girls justify wife beating in the households, a survey by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has found. The findings of the survey were shocking as not just men, but even adolescents in the age group of 15 to 19 feel that wife beating is justified. The Unicef's "Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012" says that 57 per cent of adolescent boys in the country think a husband is justified in beating his wife. Moreover, over half of the Indian adolescent girls -- around 53 per cent of them -- think that a husband is justified in beating his wife. In comparison, 41 per cent women in Bangladesh and 54 per cent in Sri Lanka harbour a similar feeling. In Nepal, however, the prevalence of both men and women justifying domestic violence is inordinately high at 88 per cent and 80 per cent respectively. According to the report, societal attitudes that convey acceptance or justification of domestic violence are making girls and women more vulnerable to abuse. The report explains that because of reporting bias, this might be an under estimation of the actual size of the problem in several countries.