AT a recently held seminar on violence against women in my university, a few points were raised by male students. They were of the view that by following the teachings of Islam many problems could be solved to a great extent.
I conducted a small survey on the topic and collected views from male and female students. While the boys believed women did not face violence in our society, the girls strongly condemned it, saying that the perpetrators should be punished.
Although there were a few male students who did acknowledge violence against women in our society, others complained about discrimination, asking why a seminar on violence against men could be not organised.
The question is what have we concluded from a dialogue on this pertinent issue. In my opinion, actions speak louder than words. What we need is training and character building from an early age.
Besides, there should be strict laws and punishment for those involved in violence not just against women but also men to reduce violence in our society.
There should be no discrimination on the issue of violence. We should talk about violence in our society in general terms and not focus only on women. This creates a sense of gender bias.
HEERA ASLAM ACHAKZAI