“Women’s safety” a growing concern in Pakistan

08 Jul 2021 22:38 STI

Islamabad [Pakistan] July 8 (ANI): Women’s safety has become a growing concern in Pakistan, which has recently witnessed several cases of crimes against women, including rape and other crimes.
News International, in its editorial, expressed concerns about women’s rights, their dignity and their sense of respect in the country. Every day, he says, at least 11 women are raped in the country, and the rape of little girls – and boys – some as young as a few years old.
Just recently, ugly images involving the sexual assault of a couple have surfaced on social media. “This is not a rare occurrence – although the fact that the video evidence in this case has gone viral is what prompted police forces to arrest the men responsible,” the publication reported.
The daily editorial reflected on the reasons that made and allowed monsters like Usman Mirza – the man in the viral video – to think they would get away with their vile deeds?
“How is it that our collective outrage (mainly that of men) is reserved only for women’s clothing or behavior, but does not find a voice when it comes to cases of violence against women? women, or the dismal maternal mortality rate, or women’s lack of access to education or health?
“What bothers us about Malala or Aurat March?” Is it the archaic and patriarchal structures that we have built that cannot absorb women who step out of their male-defined roles? Are we even realizing the consequences of the regressive society we have built? ”The publication said.
He pointed out that most of the men in Pakistan expressed their reservations against the clothing or behavior of women, but had no voice regarding cases of violence against women, or the dismal maternal mortality rate. , or women’s lack of access to education or health care.

Dozens of women have been killed for “honor” by those who are supposed to protect them, according to the daily.
Meanwhile, the annual report on the state of human rights in Pakistan released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) for the year 2020 has sounded the alarm on the plight of women in the country.
The report once again painted a disturbing picture of the situation of women’s rights in the country. It highlights a range of issues impacting marginalized communities in Pakistan; Special emphasis was placed on the plight of women, with gender discrimination prevalent across the country, Pakistan Today reported.
Gender disparity is observed even in subcategories of crimes including, for example, the persecution of religious minorities, with issues such as forced conversions.
Other human rights violations targeting women include child marriage and honor killings, which, although they also affect men, are largely focused on the control and subjugation of women according to experts.
“We need to change our mindset about what should be the fate of young women in our society,” said Kishwar Enam, pediatrician and member of Kasur Hamara Hai, a child protection initiative. “Instead of engaging them in marriages, let’s send them to school so they can grow up to be healthy, prosperous and independent individuals; this will help the generations they raise prosper,” he said. -she adds.
The HRCP has identified other forms of violence against women, including sexual assault and domestic violence prevalent across the country.
The HRCP report cites that last year Pakistan completed the review of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in accordance with its fifth periodic report.
The report submitted in February this year, at the 75th session of CEDAW, presented its broad recommendation which underlined the need for a national mechanism dedicated to gender equality and the defense of women’s rights. (ANI)

Mara R. Wilmoth