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[Editor’s note: All of the letters below use the same phrasing to try to make a case that women aren’t the only victims of domestic abuse. But the writers detract from the issue. First of all, the article was not biased against men; it set out to report on the new laws in India and it did precisely that. Moreover, writers’ arguments would likely be taken more seriously if they were to dispense with the deceit. We asked each of the writers if they had personally written the letter and each said yes. Obviously, that is not the case. Domestic abuse, whether at the hands of a man or a woman, is a serious offense. Relegating such an issue to chain letters and false claims hurts victims of both genders. We stand by our news story.]

Your article “Abused wives in India pin hope on anti-violence law” (Page 1, Monday) is biased, laced with anti-male rhetoric and uses make-believe statistics (such as the claim, “A 2005 U.N. Population Fund report found that 70 percent of married women in India were victims of beatings or rape” — a complete fabrication). It ignores the well-documented fact that in India, women are twice as likely as men to engage in partner violence: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID41E2.pdf

The story is so systematically flawed that it resembles a propaganda piece. The Washington Times should promptly retract this article and do a follow-up article that tells the truth about domestic violence.

BILL GREENE

Braselton, Ga.

The article “Abused wives in India pin hope on anti-violence law” (Page 1, Monday) is biased, laced with anti-male rhetoric and uses make-believe statistics. It ignores the well-documented fact that in India, women are twice as likely as men to engage in partner violence. See: http://pubpages.unh.edu/mas2/ID41E2.pdf

The story is so systematically flawed that it resembles a propaganda piece. The Washington Times should promptly retract this article and do a follow-up article that tells the truth about domestic violence.

MARK INGRAM

Butterfield, Mo.

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