Are Women Safe?

Pakistan is dealing with numerous social issues ranging from socio-economic to socio-political ones. Amongst them all, the rapid increase in incidents of domestic violence rendered towards females, is alarming.

Domestic violence includes not only physical abuse, but verbal and psychological too, that is detrimental for the wellbeing of women. In Pakistan, domestic violence is somewhere between 21% to 50%. Moreover, Gender Discrimination Index ranks Pakistan amongst the worst countries for women.

This increasing social evil is inflicted upon both married and unmarried women. The former, who undergoes bitter physical abuse by their husbands or family members on petty and baseless issues. A recent example of Asma is worth mentioning, who suffered from this kind of violence. Moreover, mis-interpretation of religion, dowry system, cultural norms and subjectivity of women is adding fuel to this fire.

Likewise, unmarried women suffer from other kinds of severe abuse. And many such painful stories have been reported by the media. It is unfortunate that according to a Reuters survey, Pakistan is ranked as the third country after Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo for being the most dangerous land for women.

It is indeed the need of hour to take a stand to formulate stringent and implementable laws, campaigns, programmes and strategies to curb the rate of domestic violence. Recruiting women in civil services, various departments and ensuring security to them is essential. Such measures, if implemented effectively can control the horrendous crime of domestic violence in Pakistan.

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