Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - JAMIL AH­MAD PITAFI

Due to ram­pant poverty and il­lit­er­acy, women are a com­mon tar­get of men’s vi­o­lence in the homes in our coun­try. The govern­ment, in­stead of tak­ing fun­da­men­tal steps to erad­i­cate this men­ace, has taken only pal­lia­tive mea­sures and in­structed the pub­lic to call toll­free num­ber 080093372 to re­port do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents. A wid­owed woman hav­ing four chil­dren came to our house a few days ago with bruised face and re­quested our help to stop her ag­gres­sive fa­ther-in-law from beat­ing her up so of­ten on flimsy grounds. We called at the above phone num­ber and were told to re­port this in­ci­dent to phone num­ber 03326962311 of an in­sti­tu­tion called Sanatzar in Muzaf­far­garh, which we did. But the lady on the other end ad­vised us to re­port this case to po­lice which we hes­i­tated to do for the rea­son that the widow would cer­tainly have been thrown out of the house by her vi­o­lent fa­ther-in-law in such an event and she would be­come home­less. So when we, an el­derly cou­ple our­selves, re­sisted this idea and asked the lady on the phone to send some­one to the house of the vic­tim and set­tle the dis­pute there, she be­came fu­ri­ous and told us not to teach her her du­ties and in­stead threat­ened to have a case reg­is­tered against us, the hu­man­i­tar­ian helpers.

The govern­ment is re­quested not to in­volve the po­lice in cases of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence be­cause that would re­sult in vic­tim be­ing ren­dered home­less; but to ap­point lady con­cil­ia­tors who should visit the house of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims and take the per­pe­tra­tor to task with strong warn­ings if he ever re­peats the crime. — Muzaf­far­garh

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