Vi­o­lence against women

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SABIR KB

It is painful to men­tion that in Pak­istan thou­sands of cases are be­ing reg­is­tered on vi­o­lence against women. Re­cently, two dis­heart­en­ing sto­ries came in Me­dia which shocked ev­ery­one in coun­try. A girl was burnt alive in Muree and also a sim­i­lar case took place in Ab­bat­tabad a 15 year old child was set on fire in a van alive. Like­wise throw­ing acid and tor­tur­ing fe­males in Pak­istan is at top. Ac­cord­ing to HRCP in 2015, 939 women were vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence, 279 were vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and 143 women were vic­tims of acid at­tack.

Nearly 833 women were kid­napped and 777 at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide. How­ever, th­ese cases are reg­is­tered ones; there could be a high num­ber of cases which were not reg­is­tered or the fam­i­lies were forced to keep silent other­wise it could be more dan­ger­ous for them. In the same man­ner at the be­gin­ning of 2016, a high num­ber of vi­o­lence cases ap­peared to be FIR but the au­thor­i­ties seem to be silent or the Govern­ment is just fo­cus­ing on pass­ing bills in As­sem­bly for Women pro­tec­tion. Here I want to draw the at­ten­tion of the read­ers that laws and rules can never pro­tect women un­til the cit­i­zens of the coun­try are not ready to abide by th­ese laws. In fact, it can be a rea­son that we are lack­ing be­hind and not pro­gress­ing fur­ther since we have lost re­spect for fe­males in the coun­try. If the state and the govt take strong steps and pro­vide full se­cu­rity to women, it can lead us to­wards a re­ally de­vel­oped coun­try. —Via email

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