The government has utterly failed to protect the ‘weak’ ones from the predators; men, women, children, or trans-genders – no one is safe in this country anymore.
It has been really tough for women to dwell in the male dominant society. Every day is not less than doomsday, every day the daughter of Eve, irrespective of her age, is butchered, humiliated, raped and burnt. In the dark when a shadow lurks, men fear it’s a ghost, while women fear it’s a man.
Amidst the uncountable sexual assaults happening in Pakistan since years, Pakistan witnessed another horrific crime on Sep 9, 2020, at Lahore-Sialkot Motorway. Instead of accepting the responsibility and condemning the inhuman and grievous act, Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh in his first talk after the incident, made fun of it. His remarks implying that the victim shared the responsibility of her rape, gave another reason why women needed feminist movements in the first place.
Instead of telling women ‘how to avoid rape’ or ‘the cases you are likely to be raped’, he should have accepted the system’s incapability of protecting women and asked them to be empowered, to learn self-defense techniques, to learn to use gun and carry the licensed one for their defense, taking matters in their own hands.
Though, Mr. Umar Shaikh apologized later to the victim for his callous remarks, the damage had already been done.
Additionally, the government has utterly failed to protect the ‘weak’ ones from the predators; men, women, children, or trans-genders – no one is safe in this country anymore. But after the assault, blaming the victim just adds insult to injury. Moreover, due to the misogynistic remarks of the society, especially coming from such high authorities, most rape cases go unreported.
It is high time, the government takes drastic measures to stop such despicable acts and instead of blaming the victim, should catch the criminals and award them severe punishment.
PM Imran Khan has suggested chemical castration of the rapists or hanging them publicly, but it needs legislation and then enforcing the laws, which seems just a dream.