The brutal rape and murder of the 16-year-old is not a one-off
incident. As many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day, according to data collected by non-governmental organization Sahil. Even in Kasur which became the center of a massive child abuse case in 2014 and 2015, the rape
and murders of 12 minor girls, all aged between five to eight years, have been reported in the past twelve months. According to reports in the media, 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.
Shocking reports reveal that in majority cases acquaintances responsible for such hideous acts
Another report suggests that of the total reported cases of sexual abuse in the first six months of 2017-18, 45 percent of the cases were committed by
acquaintances, while another 17 percent of the horrific crimes were carried out by acquaintances and strangers. Of all cases, 15 percent of the crimes were committed at the victim’s own place, while 12 percent were said to have taken place at an acquaintance’s
"What does this indicate?
A dangerous mindset plaguing Pakistani society is out in the open now. How can police protect girls from own family and friends? It is
a pity that the girls in Pakistan are subjected to such heinous acts by no other but male members who they call family."
on Girls/Women Continue in Pakistan
Few reports suggest that one in every five girls in Pakistan suffers sexual
abuse. Such atrocities on girls/women exist for long and reflect a dangerous mindset. Due to various factors, women in Muslim countries are at the receiving end for the failure of a state as a whole. Security personnel’s colluding with culprits is heinous
and should be unpardonable. According to experts by the Thomson Reuters Foundation Poll, Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for women in the world. It cited the more than 2,000 women and girls murdered in “honor killings” every year
and reported that 90 percent of Pakistani women suffer from domestic violence.
What makes it more difficult for women in Pakistan
is that should she speak up about physical or sexual abuse, she is seen as having lost her and her family’s dignity. For the same reason, many rapes and sexual tortures go unreported as the victim fears she will become worthless in Pakistani society.
According to Farzana Majeed Baluch, a Baloch human rights activist, human rights violations committed by Pakistan in Baluchistan and the army targeting Baluch women was as bad as the torture and rape of women that took place during the Liberation War of 1971.
It is unfortunate that the Pakistani government is a puppet in the hands of the military and the state machinery is a failure so the question is who will address the plight of these victims?
PTI ‘s promise of a “Naya Pakistan” seems to be a distant dream.
First PTI needs to get its own house in order. PTI female members face constant harassment within the party.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai exited from the party citing ‘ill-treatment’ of women in the party. Gulalai alleges inappropriate behavior,
corruption in PTI.“In our meetings, Imran Khan tells us how to attack our opponents and how to besmirch their names,” she alleged.
Another female politician, Naz Baloch, had also quit the party claiming that only male members were given importance and women
party workers were kept at a distance.
In September 2012, Shireen Mazari decided to leave Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) due to rude remarks that were being passed around by ex-party members. She, along with her daughter, was called ‘prostitutes’. In an interview,
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab, replied to a question asked by Shireen Mazari as to what international standards of security were being observed at the airports by saying, “In airports abroad, they also strip-search you. Is that
the international standard she wants?”
It’s about time that Pakistan realizes that true democracy is when women
are able to live safely in their own country.
20 Aug 18/Monday. Written by Afsana