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In many Asian countries, the status and the safety of women are still largely affected by gender based violence and discrimination, and Pakistan still ranks among the countries in Asia, and in the world, with one of the worst human rights records which affects the condition of women significantly.
Pakistani women are subjected to physical and verbal offences, psychological and sexual abuse, rape (including marital rape), assaults, forced conversions and forced marriages, honour killings. In the majority of cases, perpetrators are male family members. This is a result of the extremely conservative and patriarchal mindset embedded in society and which cuts across social classes. Abuses such as battery and murder occur among upper middle-class families as well as among working class people.
Even a comparison between the trend in urban and rural areas, proves that numbers are not that different in big cities. The reasons behind the perpetuation of discrimination and violence against women of any age are to be found in the religious fundamentalism, in the conservative sexist mindset pervading even urban areas, in the very feeble rule of law and in the widespread corruption within the civil policing system. Pakistan has been termed as worst with reference to every aspect of human rights record. If we talk of women, there has been no let up of murders of women and men in Sindh under the pretext of karo-kari (honour killing) and domestic violence.
During the year 2012 as many as 714 persons including 571 women and 143 men were killed across the province.
WHY are they considered an ally?
WHY did we give the Pakistan government $21 Billion last year?
(that's the last figure I saw)
WHY are we being subjected to Lindsy Lohan stories in the press
instead of hearing about the suffering of these people?