ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) strongly condemned the bombing of Orakzai Agency’s only Girls College. In a press release issued on Friday, NCSW said militants are creating a new wave of fear in local people’s lives by destroying girls’ schools and colleges in the region and have scared parents into withdrawing their daughters from school.
NCSW stated that depriving girls from their right to education through such brutal tactics is against both the Constitution of Pakistan and the basic teachings of Islam. Ultra-orthodox groups believe that modern education is not in line with Islamic scriptures, especially education for women. In their short reign in Swat, the entire educational infrastructure was destroyed as part of this goal, and the region is still recovering.
NCSW urged the government to give priority to women’s education in order to create equal and easy access to education. They also appealed to the government of K-P to take notice of such incidents and take appropriate steps to provide security to schools and colleges.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2011.