VIOLENCE and other crimes against women are alarmingly high in Pakistan. Rape, murder in the name of karo-kari, gender-based discrimination and denial of basic rights are some common forms of the evil prevailing in the country.
It is unfortunate that the government and civil society organisations don’t seem to be taking this issue seriously.
There have been some highly publicised cases of rape and other atrocities but thousands of cases go unnoticed.
One such recent incident is the alleged rape of a girl student in Khipro, Sanghar district, Sindh.
According to the news report, a Class X student was gang-raped by some culprits who also made the video of the act of violence against her and later published it.
As the news spread, parents of other students have stopped their daughters from going to the school, which has deprived about 900 girl students of their education.
It is a major setback to the education of girl students in an otherwise backward area where many parents already are not keen to send their daughters to school.
We support the spirit and purpose of the long march. I welcome and appreciate your efforts against terrorism, autocracy, discrimination, corruption, jirga and sardari system. We support you in condemning the practice of karo kari (honor killings); asking for provincial autonomy, educational and health facilities and demanding the ownership of natural resources and opportunities for employment.
These are worthy causes. Until today, the struggle has not yielded the desired results. However, we cannot and should not give up these worthy causes. God works in own ways. May be the time is NOW and your and our efforts will make it happen.
Regardless of our party affiliation or personal misgivings or personal preferences, I urge all freedom loving people to keep working for these worthy causes..
by Aijaz Sindhi, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
There was news about burying 5 women from Baluchistan quite a few months ago who were still alive in the they were first beaten by 17 tribesmen, and then hit by the speeding tractor with the blade in front. As if it were not enough, the shattered skulls women were then dragged by the tractor blade into a ditch, and buried alive.
By Professor Gul Agha, USA ..Shah Latif teaches different. Suhrnii is revered, not condemned as kaarii. We have to take the message of Shah Latif and outcast the fundamental religious scholars who talk of stoning people.
Karo Kaarrii (honor killing) is Arab cultural import we should reject it. It doesn’t belong to Sindhi culture.
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