By Syed Ali Qasim
LAHORE: Violence against women is an age-old worldwide problem. Women have been victim of violence in one way or the other.
They are discriminated, subjugated and dejected frequently. Women have to bear the brunt of violence at domestic and public levels as well as physically and emotionally.
In fact, every effort is made to make them meek and docile.
The unfortunate incidents in Lahore in which a minor orphan maid was tortured to death and another 16-year-old maid allegedly strangled to death are condemnable and shed light on the miserable condition of women in society.
Freedom from harassment, battering, and sexual assault is so hard because violence against women is rampant and entrenched in our culture and our lives.
Women are raped, tortured and strangled every now and then. The conservative patriarchal mindsets have a complete disregard for women. They do not even consider them human beings.
A major shift in public attitudes among communities and accountability of gender-based violence is important. Communities need models and ways to deal with violence. Community-based organisations and women’s rights groups need to be further strengthened.
Public responsibility means examining ways that institutions use to condone the violence, either actively or passively. Laws and policies too must discourage violence and uphold basic human rights.