My regular readers know that I usually write uplifting posts, meant to inspire people and to give them hope. But the recent events in my country Pakistan have made me write this post.
If you’re from Pakistan, you probably are aware of the recent wave of crimes against women in my country. If you aren’t, these incidents may have made news in your part of the world, or may not have.
Brutal murder of Noor Mukadam;
Noor Mukadam’s last hours were terror-filled. Beaten repeatedly, the 27-year-old jumped from a window but was dragged back, beaten again and finally beheaded. A childhood friend has been charged with her killing.
The gruesome death last week in an upscale neighborhood of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, is the latest in a series of attacks on women in Pakistan, where rights activists say such gender-based assaults are on the rise.
Landowner murders his wife, mother of four
HYDERABAD: A landowner, Umar Memon, who also runs a car business, was arrested on Friday on the charges of killing his wife, Quratul Ain alias Aini Buledi, at their home in Barrage Colony during the previous night.
The complainant alleged that his sister, mother of four, was beaten up and then throttled to death by Umar Memon.
VIDEO of a woman being assaulted by a crowd of men during Independence Day celebrations near Minar-i-Pakistan has shaken citizens to the core. Clips of the incident, now viral on social media, are unbearable to watch. The woman is assaulted, manhandled and groped by scores of men, with some unabashedly filming the crime. The men are brazen and ruthless. The complainant says she was attacked by nearly 400 men, some of whom scaled the enclosures to attack her and rip her clothes off.
What I think and want to write about these incidents you can well imagine how my blood boils and I feel such a tremendous amount of anger.
It’s not only in Pakistan that there are crimes committed against women but all over the globe. The difference here is that there is apathy in many sections of our society. If it’s not happening to you or your loved ones, keep quiet, don’t discuss it. The culprits often go unpunished and if they are apprehended, the law takes years to dole out punishment to them, which is often way less than what they deserve.
The process of law is badly flawed and there is very little support, actual support provided to the victims. The political hierarchy of different parties issue statements and hold press conferences. But on the ground, few are willing to provide solid support to them. In these circumstances, many abused women don’t even come forward to report the crimes committed against them.
We need to find solutions to rectify this downward moral trend of our society.
Awareness to both men and women regarding their rights and available resources in case of abuse, domestic or criminal.
Educating men about values and ethics on how to treat women, wives, and daughters. It is so painful to admit that despite being a Muslim country, where the religion stresses so much on giving respect and protection to women, our people, especially men are acting in a diametrically opposite manner
Speaking up and protesting against these incidents because we need to let the victims know that they are not alone
Setting up NGOs to help victims fight their legal battles. Free services of lawyers and legal experts should be provided so that the victims can gain their rights.
Remove the stigma that exists in the society against women who speak up and report these crimes. Families often disown women who report domestic abuse. This needs to change, and women should be free to come forward and report abuse.
I hope that this post can create some awareness and maybe we can move in a positive direction to solve these issues.
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