The letter was published in Daily Dawn on 3 May 2008
INCREASING literacy has somehow empowered women and they are making inroads into every sphere of life, earlier considered the exclusive domain of men.
Equality has not been achieved yet, but women have proved themselves as successful pilots, doctors, lawyers, journalists, entrepreneurs and technocrats. All this is not without a price.
In retrospect, women faced crimes transferred from old times and they demanded emancipation. The main causes of passed-on crimes were that women were considered superfluous and feeble.
They were stigmatised as ill-fated In recent times women are facing sorts of newly-created crimes linked with their independence because men are not ready to accept women as equal.
They think women equality has resulted in greater ignominy for them.
This is because of taboo behaviour of women being obsequious unskilled labour or housewives.
Patriarchal society is so often being condemned these days regarding the rights of women. The question here rises that is it only the archaic system which humiliates woman and does not recognise her basic rights?
The man-dominated society might have been a reason behind her not getting the respect that she actually deserves but it is in fact women’s disempowerment which promotes heinous crimes to be carried out against them without the fear of being punished.
Since childhood every girl is taught to respect or rather we can say fear the male members of the family.
Often she has to see her mother being browbeaten, humiliated and tortured by her father. Men whatever evil they do don’t leave a scar on the family’s face but if a woman seeks a judicial help, she is looked down upon and is accused of giving a bad name to the family.
Girls from the lower strata of society are denied their basic rights. So are well-educated girls from upper strata who are not even allowed to make a choice of a life partner or to pursue a career on their own.
A woman is rarely able to fight out her case in a court of law. The question that often haunts her is where she will eventually end up after winning the case.
Indeed it is a difficult question to answer. Daarul Amaan cannot be termed a haven for any woman coming from a sound family. The answer to this question lies in empowering women.
Women should not only be educated but should also be made financially independent.
Men greatly fear that if a woman will start working, she won’t allow herself to be humiliated or tortured by them.
NGOs that are working for women’s welfare should also launch some programmes to enlighten men about women’s right.
Law-enforcement agencies should also respect those women who seek their help in solving their problems.