The mahallas are traditional institutions charged by law with regulating communal life, and carrying out many state functions, such as community policing, political surveillance, and distributing social welfare payments. The second time was only a few days before a baby was born, and my face was covered with bruises. Interview with Mukhabat, a mother of three, who fled to her parents' home I have a bad memory because my...husband beat me on the head. During the period of Soviet rule, the state promoted a laudatory history of its own role in freeing women from what it viewed as the oppressive strictures of Islamic religious law and local custom.
Therefore, all information on the location of the interview, including even the province where the interview took place, is withheld, and all of the names of the witnesses in this report are given as pseudonyms. The beatings happened at least one time each month. They fought against the conservative elements in society that, in reaction to the Imperial Russian conquest of the region in the 1860s-70s, had tended to reinforce traditional forms of female seclusion and veiling.
Contrary to the government's assertions that women in Uzbekistan enjoy broad and effective human rights protections, Human Rights Watch found that women victims of domestic violence suffer doubly, both at the hands of husbands who physically and otherwise abuse them, and at the hands of the state. He started to beat me on the head, and I grabbed his hands and tried to stop him. At that time, my head was spinning, and I saw spots before me. Uzbekistan, which became independent in 1991, is a young state with claims to an ancient past.
Local officials routinely refuse to take violence against women seriously, blaming the victims and blocking women's attempts to escape brutality and violence in their marriages. I begged him not to beat me-and not to beat me on the head. I lost consciousness, and I cannot remember what happened to me. They gave me three shots, and then I felt a little better. The policeman did not come to the hospital even though the doctor told them what had happened. and said that someone from the precinct would come and take a longer statement from me. The desire to reanimate and reinvent national tradition, and thus to solidify the newly independent state's claims to nationhood, has complicated women's exercise of their human rights in the post-Soviet era.
Nevertheless, domestic violence remains a serious problem, against which the government has failed to take effective measures. I saw his sister on the street, and I ran up to her with the children. The neighbors brought us warm clothes for the children... Then he picked up the teapot full of hot boiling water and threw it on me too as I was cleaning. Two men came into the courtyard but I said that I would not leave.
On the contrary, state policies intended to keep families together and foster community assistance to those families experiencing conflict have compounded the situation of women facing abuse in the home, and often prevent them from obtaining either relief or redress. I told my parents, and they went to him and said that he should stop. They decided that we should live separately without my mother-in-law. For a year we were happy..he began to beat me again. I ran, and he followed me and yelled at me saying I should never come back. I cannot go back to my parents again with three children.