By Fardad Ali Shah Noor Alim
In our society, discrimination against women is becoming a very serious social issue. Females are considered to be subordinate to males or in other way they are considered to be inferior to males. Very rarely the birth of a girl is warmly welcomed in any home. The discrimination against women starts when we do not celebrate the birth of a girl. Not so much happiness is shown in the house where a female child is born.
It is said that women and man are given equal rights in every aspect of life. I disagree with the notion that females are always discriminated against at the hands of males. They are not given their due rights. Females are considered to be vulnerable in our society. A woman plays a vital role in our society. It has been our great tradition to take care of every female in the form of mother, daughter, sister or in the form of wife but now we have forgotten this tradition. Females have played a very constructive role in our history in different situations. Therefore, females should be given proper rights. By empowering females we can also construct our society in the best way.
Women abuse, honour killings, acid throwing, domestic violence and rape are some of the injustices happening against female in our society. Rape is a heinous act of human brutality. According to a report issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 2,903 women were raped in Pakistan in 2010 alone. According to a global survey, Pakistan and India are ranked third and fourth respectively as the world’s most dangerous places for women while Afghanistan tops the list.
We should give good exemplary punishments to such culprits after proving them guilty in the court. Such issues are arising because of not exemplary punishments to the culprits. The culprits consider themselves safe, and commit such crimes again and again. We urge the authorities not only to punish the culprits who took part in such heinous crimes but also want to finish such biased, brutal and wild decisions against women. The justice system should take proactive steps on such issues to control the brutal acts in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is also the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to condemn such type of dreadful crimes. We being the male, who are considered to be the superior race should take care of the dignity, honor and respect of females. They are our sisters and mothers. We should not restrict women’s opportunities and provide them the same opportunities as male gets. Our Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) has privileged female at the dark ages when females were buried alive soon after the birth. Females were considered to be the weakness of any tribe but our Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) finished this interpretation and gave equal rights. Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) showed kindness and generosity to females. He (P.B.U.H) loved his daughter Hazrat Bibi Fatima (R.A) so much. Bibi Khadija (R.A) who has the title of first female convert to Islam was also respected by our Holy Prophet so much. We should be united as a single nation to combat the cause of injustices happening with the females in our homeland.
The females of Pakistan have got confidence and know their rights. They are working for their rights. The appointment of Benazir Bhutto as the first woman Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1988 opened the door for females to struggle for their rights. It gave females a new vision, strength, guts, and courage to face the society. The appointment of Fehmida Mirza as the speaker of National Assembly, the appointment of Asma Jahangir as the woman President of the Pakistan Bar Council, also the appointment of Hina Rabbani Khar as the first youngest woman foreign Minister of Pakistan who has already attended the South East Asian Forum Conference held from 22nd July 2011 to 23rd July 2011, in Indonesia, showed that females are confident enough and if they are given chance they can bring change in our society. They are also the change factor of our nation. They are also capable of serving their nation in a good and proactive manner. Females can also be good leaders. It is my own prediction that very soon the president of Pakistan will also be female. Now they females are not considering themselves valnurable but they have got strength and are fast in every field of life.
The writer is a student at the University of Karachi.