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  February 01, 2012


In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty


Domestic violence is the abuse meted out women within the family and the home. It ranges from abuse to torture, which is physical, mental, sexual, psychological, and emotional. Violence against women has reached crisis level in Pakistan. It is an obstacle and deterrent to development.

Domestic violence in Pakistan is deemed to be a private matter and as something that does not belong in the courts. Women are usually ignorant of the fact that violence is a crime. Where the aggressor is a close relative, few women come forward to report the abuse to the police. Most women are threatening to be silent. Social taboos and lack of family support for shelter leaves women no alternative but to hear their lot.

In, Pakistan, violence within the home is inflicted in various ways, including mental torture, by denying women food, often by threat of divorce or by taking another wife, separating the woman from her infants, forced marriages, exchange marriages, or selling women in marriage, especially to much older man. Violence may include physical assault, force, verbal abuse, ravaging, burning and sexual abuse, rape, and forced prostitution. It is not only the husband who inflicts violence in the homes, often in extended families; the wife is violated by in-her laws. The girl, child or the woman may be subjected to incest and rape in her own home, and even forced to keep her lips sealed. Women can suffer violence in the home from the men of the family, father, brother, husband, uncles, cousins, and at time from the women of the family, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother, and sisters.

Domestic violence against women is most hurtful and depressing. It is difficult to portray the pain a women feels when her husband, the so called life-companion, provider, lover, inflicts mental or physical force to cause injury, or her father/brother violates her.

No country or society is free from domestic violence. Millions of women suffer domestic violence all around the world. Even in developed countries, for example in the United States and United Kingdom, the number of battered wives is exceedingly high. The home which should be a heaven of peace and security is not safe. Women and girls face terror from physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse. Studies estimate that between 20 to 60 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner or family member. It cuts across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity, and age.

Violence against women is a global issue. It goes back to the Stone Age. Historically, the physical weakness of women, the child bearing function and the economic dependence of women all combined to assign to men the role of protectors and providers of women, evolving a superior status of the male over the female, and a culture of violence against women. As a result women have suffered the trauma of hurt and pain.

Women are not complain as it is feared that when the husband is put in jail there is no one to earn; lack of social security; wrong interpretation of religion: women are indoctrinated to believe that it is a husbandís right to beat his wife. There should be some centers should help battered women to get medical help in case of injuries, provide required counseling to help cope with the trauma of domestic violence, assist in filling a report with the police, if need be, help arrange for a lawyer in case of litigation, make financial help available to the wife and children during the crisis, and provide economic support for rehabilitation.

In conclusion, I would say, being as a health care professional, the abuse of people should be counseled and explained that how destructive their behaviors could be for themselves, their wife and their children. So they should refrain from these violent actionss as it can cause long term disturbances in their families.


Written by

Abdul Ghaffar
Yasir Raza



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