Thomson Reuters Foundation under its Trust Law for Women initiative conducted a global research polling over 200 gender experts across five continents to deduce the five most dangerous countries in the world for women. The study ranked the countries in the following order.
While the Highest-ranked countries for each risk factor the evaluated were
- Health: Afghanistan
- Economic / Discrimination : Afghanistan
- Cultural/tribal/religious : Pakistan
- Sexual violence : Congo
- Non-sexual violence : Afghanistan
- Trafficking : India
Pakistan had cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women, including acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse. More then 1,000 women and girls are victims of “honour killings” every year, according to Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, a large number of women faced domestic violence and it was also reported that women earn 82% less then men, which too is not a surprising fact
A short video of the research can be seen here
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The issue here is to highlight the fact that women are seriously being oppressed in Pakistan, on one hand we have a Supreme Court judgement setting Muktaran Mai’s rapists free on the ‘lack of evidence’ while we all know how the police system works in Pakistan enough to understand the nuances of how they may have possibly presented the evidence to favor the rapists
There are ample witnesses to testify that the Panchayat did condemn her to these men and later paraded her naked on the streets, if that weren’t humiliation for women then I wonder how many more women need to be subjected to such torture before an iron clad force is used to prevent such unholy practices from reigning supreme in our country.
We must accept that there is such a problem and it must be solved. Im embarrassed to observe that educated people in the past few months have used Mukhtara Mai’s judgment as a snub against her accusing her of having fabricated the rape, which in my opinion I find utterly unacceptable, at least such an argument should not even be tolerated by anyone respectable person in society, god forbid it were to happen to one of your loved ones and had if the charges been dismissed merely on the whim of “Lack of Evidence” the humiliation and torture shall never be healed. Pakistan needs to vehemently denounce any maltreatment of women and ensure that such practices are stopped for good.