Pakistani Society and Women Rights
Unfavorable situation of Pakistani women is not hidden from any one. Women is an essential subject when domestic violence is being discussed in Pakistani context as in Pakistan most cases of violence get reported by women. Due to societal pressure and financial dependency on men, women remain silent and don’t complain against their Male family member.
Due to this power imbalance in a family structure and women having lack of knowledge regarding their rights and safety measures both in Islam and Pakistani constitution they couldn’t voice their opinion and participate in decision making along with giving up on their due rights due to the unawareness that beget form the fact that most Pakistani girls don’t get their basic right of education because of not getting permission by their male relatives as they have ultimate authority to decide about women future.
So, as a result most of female population owing to inaccessibility to the medium which provides knowledge and insight about their rights fail to raise their voices and try to conform with the circumstances they live in. Cultural impediments and lack of political will are additional factor in this sphere that are needed to address.
As a positive gesture, in KPK, provincial government has made a remarkable contribution in this regard as its assembly has passed a bill to provide shelters and protection by government to victims after filing complains against male owner which is an appreciative move as most cases don’t get registered with the fear of being rejected by the family or being faced further strict measures but due to this move, women can find refuge in government owned shelters.
Though this bill is passed in KPK assembly , there is a dire need to implement it with full force. Furthermore, this is a model that other provinces are also needed to follow with the same passion and they should execute it strictly to deal with the menace of domestic violence and collective voice from all segment must be added to deal with the issue of male dominance and women oppression in Pakistani society .
Writer: Warda Javed