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