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.