The effects of demonetisation seem to have been more than just financial. A report by the country’s One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) revealed that demonetisation lead to the rise of instances of domestic violence in Indian households.
According to Sarika Sinha, regional director of Action Aid, an NGO which runs the OSCC, wives in Indian households became “criminals in the eyes of their husbands overnight”. Husbands who discovered that their wives had saved money became enraged and lashed out.
A 27-year-old woman was forced out of her house with her seven children after the husband discovered that his wife had secretly saved Rs 4500 in the old denominations, reports HuffPost.
“Husbands threatened their wives, beat them and warned them of consequences like jail terms because they felt a loss of control over their wives,” Sinha said.
In West Bengal too, a husband was arrested after his wife fell from the 10th floor of their apartment. A scuffle had ensued between the couple when the woman returned home empty-handed from the ATM.
The number of distressed calls, which was 500 before demonetisation, increased to an astounding 1200 within a month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in November 2016 that the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would cease to be legal tender.