Sexual crimes of different nature have been a feature of Pakistani society, which leaves us in a state of shock from time to time.The latest event being the rape and murder of Kasur’s innocent Zainab.
A lot has been said on this issue and as I write these lines, her murderer is still unknown. This will soon become a story of the past and people will again get busy in their own lives until another such event takes place (Allah forbid).
It is a fact that only those affected can feel the real pain and all others are mere commentators.However, if we think sensibly, it is an issue for all of us.
Moral decline and frustration is on the rise. Every now and then, we hear events of sexual harassment, rape of innocent women and in worst cases our little angels are affected. There have even some cases of men abused by some ambitious women as well.
Adultery (of all forms) is being considered as a smaller crime compared to former ones. If a diagnosis is carried out, we will find out that the roots of all such acts are the same.
If we really want to solve these issues, then we need to really analyze and implement solutions to root out such awful acts.
Human beings carry three fundamental urges: 1) urge to live, 2) urge for pleasure and 3) urge for power.
Here the issue is with the elements of the ‘urge forpleasure’, which has not been dealt with appropriately in our society.
Talking on this issue is a taboo which needs to be broken at this point of time, if not at a later stage. Damage control needs to be done.
Lack of correct information
In my opinion, people are not beingeducated about this desire/urge and how to fulfill it. Adding to that, the overall atmosphere of society is also not monitored, which further adds to the confusion and frustration of people, eventually leading to such events.
Children are not made aware of probable issues that they might face in this regard. However, as the child grows up, his/her body is developed with related emotions. Adding to lack of correct information, people can easily find bold scenes in movies and dramas.
His/her desires get a peak with the passage of time. He/she receive information from his/her colleagues or available information from other sources such as internet. Due to lack of formal guidance, many people consider themselves as severely infected and fight undue psychological pressures. Proper knowledge is never conveyed to them.
Sexual harassment as a topic was covered by one of our valiant university teachers and the lecture was skipped by many female students. We also attended the lecture with a sense of shyness but it was a worthy session which opened our eyes to many issues along with their solutions. There was no indecency involved within those lectures; in fact we were given real life examples for sexual harassment. That was the first and last formal information that I received in life.
Vulgarity in media
Women are used as a showpiece to attract customers. Bold advertisements, dressing of women and the content topics are irresponsibly handled.
Such dreamy situations are contrary to situation on ground and tend to take a person to a different world in which controlling their thoughts and emotions becomes an even bigger test. Mini cinemas and internet are easily accessible by young men where their minds are infiltrated.
Within many of the investigation programs, the topics of sexual harassment and male-female affairs are telecasted irresponsibly giving them a wrong lesson at large.
Today, getting married has become very difficult as people have lifted their demands to sky limits. Useless norms and traditions like Mehndi, Dholki and dowry etc. have made it difficult for a normal person to get married.
I know a person who was not beginning the search for his life partner before gathering Rs.10 lacs. This took another about 1.5 years but was so unfair due to peer pressures.
Multiple marriage is considered as a crime. These difficulties often end up in opening doors of adultery/sex crimes within people.
Involvement of powerful people
During Kasur’s child abuse case a couple of years ago, the involvement of some really powerful people was found and reported by media. That story was refreshed this time as well but it’s yet to reach its logical conclusion.
Some people shamelessly try to force working ladies in doing questionable acts as part of blackmailing by using their seat and influence. Lately, news channels have revealed such mean people.
Islamic laws need to be implemented
We need to be very clear in our approach. At one place we claim to be Muslims and nationals of an Islamic state, but at other places we shy away when anybody talks about obeying Islam and implementing Islamic Laws. Fahashi (vulgarity) is one of main topics of Quran. Allah (S.W.T.) sets clear principles of Parda (veil) and other measures to avoid ultimate incident of Zina (infidelity).
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. ”
( An-Noor, Chapter #24, Verse #30) (Ref #1)
We take reference from Hadith regarding fundamental teachings of Islam to avoid Zina (adultery)
Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
I did not see anything so resembling minor sins as what Abu Huraira said from the Prophet, who said, “Allah has written for the son of Adam his inevitable share of adultery whether he is aware of it or not: The adultery of the eye is the looking (at something which is sinful to look at), and the adultery of the tongue is to utter (what it is unlawful to utter), and the innerself wishes and longs for (adultery) and the private parts turn that into reality or refrain from submitting to the temptation.”
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 6612
In-book reference: Book 82, Hadith 18
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 8, Book 77, Hadith 609
(Deprecated numbering scheme)
Strict Islamic Laws must be placed in the society. Making an example out of such people will serve the cause by inducing fear.
Ulema (Islamic scholars) should address the causes and effects of such issues. In Zainab’s case as well, I was wondering where all of those big names are hiding out and not giving any guidance or statement to millions of their followers. Most of us are not aware about the composition of the human body (material and spiritual aspects) and how to streamline requirements associated with our being as per teachings of Islam. Everyone should make an effort to get used to Islamic practices in this regard.
Our nation needs sex vaccination
Like vaccines are provided for various diseases, like the war strategy is made, like controlling the law and order, sexual issues must be taken up as well. Some suggestions listed are listed below:
- Indulgence of proper knowledge among growing children and awareness of how to react in case any such enticement is there by an offender. Basic information regarding human body, Male-Female couple relationship to be clearly conveyed to avoid un-necessary curiosity/uncertainty in young generation’s mind. Father can tell his son and mother can tell her daughter regarding this. Furthermore, separate Boys-Girls class sessions can be designed in which messages appropriate to a certain age group can be conveyed wisely.
- Easy weddings to be promoted and useless practices like Mehndi, Dholki and other non-Islamic functions to be stopped which will reduce the load on masses, especially low income class. Encouraging unmarried people to get married via collective marriages.
- Multiple marriages for men is considered a sin in our society; we are in a state of denial on this issue which can become a tool to give support to thousands of unmarried women.
- Media must be responsible as regards to the content they air. Ladies specially must be cautious regarding their get up.
- Reaching out for explicit content to be made as difficult as possible with technology and severe punishments.
- Doctors and psychologists need to come forward with articles and short videos to provide basic sex education to masses.
- Why child abuse cases are hitting Kasur so hard? This should be seriously researched. Also, other notorious parts of country infected by such ailments need to be identified and addressed.
The current system and government is most likely not going to take this up seriously. Severity of such issues calls for immediate action by adopting solutions as mentioned above in our daily lives. We need to be proactive and aggressive to deal with problems just as we carry out arrangements for our living (food, clothes and shelter). This will surely bring a huge drop in the sexual crimes and help in making our society a better place.