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Letter: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world including Pakistan to raise awareness about women’s right and protect their lives. Unfortunately, in our country the day is celebrated, but no one takes it serious to act upon it.

The incidents of violence against women are growing as the cases of rape, honor killing, sexual abuse, acid throwing and other violence are occurring on daily basis. According to research, Pakistan is included among the top 5 worst countries in cases of rape. Mostly these cases of kidnapping and rape cases are recorded in Karachi and Punjab. In last year 14,850 kidnap cases were recorded which 80 percent were ganged raped, and four cases per day. Over thousand cases of honor killing were recorded.

Though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif banned honor killing and called it a crime  but failed to eradicate it. In recent days, it has become very common and women are not even protected at their own home. This shows the worst conditions for women as 90 percent of the cases are not being investigated due to which women are being killed in the name of honor. I request the government to protect the rights of women and save their lives from violence.
Sana samad, Turbat.  

 Published in The Balochistan Point on March 6, 2017

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