Wife-beating study shocks Bhutan’s “happiness” chief

I’m a bit behind on my happiness blogging, but this story that made the rounds these last few hours (based on this story in Business Bhutan) is about some unhappiness in Bhutan, involving the status of women and children there, and attitudes toward marital relationships:


“The government commissioner charged with promoting “Gross National Happiness” in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan said he was deeply dismayed by a recent study that found a majority of Bhutanese women think their husbands have the right to beat them. Karma Tshiteem, head of Bhutan’s Commission for Gross National Happiness, called the findings “surprising” and “shocking,” and said such attitudes are “totally inconsistent” with Buddhist teachings.

The survey by Bhutan’s National Statistics Bureau found that roughly 70% of women say they deserved beating if they neglect children, argue with their partners, refuse sex or burn dinner.”


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