Pakistan belongs to a part of the world where woman´s status is disadvantaged by systematic brutalisation

Pakistan belongs to a part of the world where woman´s status is disadvantaged by systematic brutalisation. The destiny of the women are controlled by men in the society and the patriarchal control over women includes institutionalisation of extremely restrictive codes of behaviour. Women are excluded from social and economic opportunities. Strong ideology linking family honour to female virtue allow men to control women. When a woman´s behaviour is seen to threaten the patriarchal order, it is her body that is punished with beatings, burnings, sexual abuse and even a murder in the name of honour.
Violence against women is in this country widely perceived as acceptable. Women are inferior and they cannot raise their voice against their fathers, brothers, husbands and other male relatives who control her. The most common form of violence against women is domestic. Such type of violence is rarely reported. According to a report, 70% – 90% of women are suffering from many forms of abuses. More than 5000 women are being killed per year due to the domestic violence and thousands of them have been injured. Physical violence is the most brutal form of mistreatment of women. There is also the psychological and emotional abuses of women, which also falls into the category of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is not the only type of gender based violence in Pakistan. There are also many other types: murder, acid throwing, forced marriages, rape, sexual harassment, abduction or kidnapping, custodial violence.
For now, Pakistani governments failed to protect the rights and real honour of women, because the number of female victims is arising. We can see in the newspapers, every day a new story with old theme. It seems that from day to day becomes worse and it seems like the government protects perpetrators of violence against women. The problem is probably in the lack of judicial redress and weak administration and legislative measures. That is why Saba´s father and uncle are freed from any punishment for the attempt of the murder. Unfortunately, they are not the only one who have committed a murder or some other type of violation and get away with it. The main question is what can be done in the society where gender based violation is so deeply rooted?

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