SUKKUR: Lack of education and a fuedal mindset are the two main reasons why violence against women continues to rise.
These views were shared by Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu), Khairpur, dean of social sciences, Prof Dr Syed Ahmed Hussain Shah at a Human Rights Day seminar on Wednesday.
Women play an equal role in the development of society, he said, urging that the laws punishing violence against women must be implemented. The civil society can create awareness for women rights among the people, he added. Salu’s gender studies institute had organised a speech competition and a seminar to mark the International Human Rights Day, which focused on ‘Violence against Women’.
Institute of Gender Studies’ in-charge, Dr Tajnees Pirzada, highlighted the plight of women in our society and briefly elaborated the achievements the institute has achieved in a short span of time. Dr Pirzada extended her thanks to Salu vice-chancellor Prof Dr Parveen Shah for her generous support in organising activities in the institute.
The first position was secured by a student from Sindhi department, Muhammad Ayub Khawaja, while the second position was secured by student of Govt Degree College, Sukkur, Mahnoor, and third position was taken by a student of biochemistry department, Soonh. Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shah and Syed Zafar Ali Shah, both from English department, along with Prof Imdad Hussain Chandio judged the competition.
Political science chairperson, Prof Dr Amir Ali Chandio, gave a lecture on human rights , in which he stressed on the importance of the day in history. On this day, the universal declaration of human rights was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly on December 10, 1948, he recalled.
Dr Chandio said that it is the duty of students to create awareness about the importance of human rights. He said that on the independence day of Pakistan, the father of nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, said, “All of you are free to go to mosques, temples and churches for worship.” Pakistan Studies’ lecturer Inayat Ali Bhatti said that there is discrimination in our society and the rights are not given on equally.