RAWALPINDI: Women in our country are subjected to various kinds of abuse like rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, acid attacks and honour killing. All these have become common practices that Pakistani women are facing.
Honour killing has been an old practice in Pakistan.
It take place in patriarchal societies where women which like wives, sisters, daughters and female cousins are responsible for upholding the family’s name and dignity.
Women are being killed because their families believe they have dishonoured them. They are controlled by male relatives and they are at the mercy of men.
It is ethically and morally wrong because taking the life of another person should not be a decision that another human can make. Honour killing is a problem that the whole world needs to deal with and has to strive to make sure that the lives of women are worth more than what they are assumed to be in our society.
The government should end a system in which a woman’s life is considered worthless and male family members can kill them with impunity. All kinds of excesses against women must stop forthwith. The government should enact laws to protect women and their rights and failure to observe the laws should by punishable. No one should have impunity. Strictest punishments are needed to prevent crimes against women. People should learn to respect women and their rights.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2020.