I believe that women are also partially responsible for encouraging silent treatment because of the upbringing. In traditional set up, we learn 'pathi' as God/ lord of family and should obey him. When they start these controlling method, most are not sure what to do... so they fall into that trap( me too) by responding in a way the abuser want. This cycle continues. So one need to stop / cut/ get out of that cycle. We can't change them but we can change our response or reduce the damage , or atleast inform them that this kind of abuse is not acceptable and is not expected from a man of good culture. I came across this video today. May be its western thinking.. poor Indian wives trapped in these kind of marriage with kids may not find it very useful. But I noticed it's quite similar to what many ladies wrote in this thread. I found many points valid, so sharing it here..