Violence against women

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FOUR women were humiliated in a crowded bazaar in Faisalabad’s Bawa Chak Market on Monday as they were first mercilessly beaten and then paraded naked.

In the jarring visuals, that soon went viral, a group of people can be seen torturing the women after accusing them of theft in a shop.

The women were crying and requesting the people for mercy but nobody came forward to rescue them. Police have reportedly arrested five out of ten suspects.

There is no justification whatsoever for such a treatment with the women, even if they had entered the shop for theft.

If the women had caught red handed, they should have been handed over to police for further action.

The suspects indeed crossed all boundaries of humanity and they do not deserve to be called humans but beasts, for which strict laws should be framed for public hanging so that nobody could dare to resort to such acts in future.

The very incident has once again brought shame and embarrassment to the country, just days after a violent mob lynched a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot.

Those involved in Faisalabad incident must be given exemplary punishment. In fact, they deserve the same humiliation.

It appears as if violence against women has reached epidemic proportions which need to be checked.

According to a report released by the Sustainable Social Development Organization, 6,754 women were abducted and 1890 raped during the first six months of this year.

34 cases of rape were registered in Islamabad while 3,721 cases of violence against women and 752 cases of child abuse were registered in Punjab. Especially, the last few months have been harrowing for women.

From the horrific case of Noor Muqaddam, who was brutally tortured and beheaded on July 21 to that of Ayesha Ikram, a TikTok creator, who was harassed and groped on the country’s Independence Day at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore — these show only moral degradation and that our people has forgotten the teachings of Islam who accords great respect and reverence to women.

It is high time that the government takes some preventive measures to counter the brutal injustice being done to women.

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