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RAPE: A WAY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN PAKISTAN

Women in Pakistan are silently taking on the ill-treatment from their own in their very own households. A day when Pakistan backed and funded JKLF staged a protest outside Indian High Commission in London against brutalities of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the brutal inhuman treatment of women in Pakistan is going unnoticed. Protesters demanded international community to intervene and save the innocent lives in Kashmir.

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Rape: A reality for many women in Pakistan

Women in Pakistan working as Constables also undergo sexual harassment

Today i.e. 11 April 2018 at least three Police officials of Islamabad police have been suspended and detained at the Police Lines on complaints received from female constables. Some female constables had alleged that their male colleagues sexually abused them on different occasions under the pretext of inquiries and explanations, official sources informed on Tuesday.

The three suspects including Ishaq, Orangzeb, and Arshad have been detained in Quarter Guard at the Police Lines and are being interrogated by their superiors. However, one senior officer nearing retirement, also accused of harassment has not been detained to shield superiors.

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An anonymous letter supposedly written by the lady constables of Islamabad police went viral on 08 April 2018 evening. Soon after the letter went viral on social media, IG Islamabad police held a Darbar (Open Forum) at the Police Lines to listen to the grievances of the lady constables.

In the anonymous letter, the victims have sought the help of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar to save their lot from sexual abuse at the hands of operators and readers of the police high-ups. The female colleagues had alleged that the readers and operators of the senior police officers used to:

  • Sexually abuse them on the occasion of their appearance before the high ups in connection with minor charges.
  • They would offer to settle the issue at their own against some “favor”.
  • The DSP (Headquarters) and some of the readers and operators were involved in the entire dirty game.

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This complaint of women in Pakistan is stigma to our nation.

Raping of Children

A self-employed garbage collector, Hammad in Naushera of Pakistan— had coaxed the child into accompanying him into an under-construction site by offering her sweets on Thursday, January 18, 2018. When the three-year-old girl’s calls for help were heard by passersby, the rapist attempted to escape but was roughed up by people who came to the child’s rescue. Hammad, who originally belongs to Pak Pattan, was living in a rented accommodation in Nowshera for the past five years.

The case is one of the numerous incidents of child abuse and murder in Pakistan, that have been highlighted in the media. After the recent rape and murder cases of two minors — Aasma and Zainab — sparked widespread condemnation across the globe. The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur and four-year-old Aasma in Mardan highlighted the deep-rooted issue of sexual abuse.

As many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day. Kasur was center for massive child abuse in 2014-2015. According to data collected by non-governmental organization Sahil; in the past twelve months

  • 12 minor girls have been raped and murdered, all aged between five to eight years,
  • Aimaan Fatima, Fauzia, Noor Fatima, Sana, Asma, and Laiba were among minors kidnapped from the suburbs of Kasur in 2017 and whose dead bodies were later recovered from different parts of the city.

The list goes on and on.

General offense on women in Pakistan

Women in general in Pakistan cannot freely work, step out of their house or be independent. They have to be always on guard. The video below shows the concerns raised by true Pakistani scholars and learned men. Any Pakistani boy or girl who wants to be progressive and open-minded is cursed by men in the street as if they have sold their soul to the devil.

Here are a few questions we must ask ourselves:
  • With this outlook how can we progress into a developed nation?
  • Will our daughters & sisters ever feel safe?
  • What kind of future are we building for our daughters?

The life of women shows the countries outlook. Women are the pride of any society. They are guarded by the society with their life. There are scores of instances in our history where communities chose death but did not surrender their women. Pakistan has to learn to respect and free women of clutches of middle ages. People who preach us Quran are themselves exploiting women. We have to allow them to grow freely and intellectually for our nation to progress in a uniform way. These vultures should be hanged on gallows as early as possible. There should be no mercy shown to those who molest our children.

11 April 2018/wednesday                                                                                    mohdtahirshafi@gmail.com

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