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Women, Violence and Danger

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Violence Against Women

A recent news item in the Reuters (factbox: The world's most dangerous countries for women), is a tumultuous testimony of the onslaught against women that still exists in many parts of the world.

A recent news item in the Reuters (factbox: The world's most dangerous countries for women), is a tumultuous testimony of the onslaught against women that still exists in many parts of the world. It is a lamenting yet noteworthy issue that despite a sociopolitical voyage for gender equality, women’s rueful plight remains a dreary discussion. Some of the countries that rank the highest in this predicament are Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. The brutality against women in these countries includes illiteracy and economic discrimination, forced marriages including child marriages, sexual violence and female genital mutilation, honor killings, domestic servitude besides human trafficking. The report suggests that 1 in 11 women in Afghanistan die of childbirth, while 57% of pregnant Congolese women are anemic. Also, 87% of women in Afghanistan are illiterate, while a mere 7.5% women hold parliamentary seats in Somalia, the horn of Africa. Moreover, 40 innocent Congolese women are raped everyday, while 95% of Somalian girls and women are put through genital mutilation. Not far beyond in the race, a 1000 Pakistani girls and women face honor killings, while 50 million infant girls are missing on account of infanticide and feticide in the religiously devout India. Many women in these countries experience physical assault and battery, unfortunately as customary to rustic traditions and the predominant culture of male monarchy. The above statistics may appear antediluvian, but it is a fresh perspective on the existing, and ever exacerbating indignation against women.

What may seem even more depressing is the bitter truth that majority of population in these nations is either unaware of such violent and life threatening tribulations, or perhaps is least bothered until the fire engulfs their own turf. Many times, the victims of these crimes are forced to bear abuse repeatedly and are intimated if they urge to take an action against it. Other times, victims’ emotional vulnerability becomes a vantage point to keep them in a state of denial like a sitting duck for the perpetrators. Also, the fact that some of these countries are an ongoing war zone, and lack a central government system, or are partially ruled by the militia, further extinct the possibilities for social change and investment in women empowerment. Moreover, the influence of theocratic law in some of these countries makes economic reforms preposterous. In addition, incessant absolute poverty and high levels of corruption are some other depriving factors for change. For instance, in India, where women’s economic participation and educating the girl child is on the rise, the country’s social systems appear unsuccessful in impeding female feticide. More importantly, social issues like education, women’s rights, and child marriages are rarely significant as far as political manifestation is concerned. Mostly theses issues appear like a small figurine in the electoral campaigns that often turn gray with time. So, if this is the feat of change, then we sure are in for a failure!



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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

Melody,

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate the fact that you googled the statistics. That shows your concern for such issues. I wish if more women could voice out on violence against women worldwide, things perhaps could be different. Usually, it is a fraction of us that realize that these issues are important and need undivided attention.

With Best,

Barkha Dhar

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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

What honor killings in UK? Never heard of that before.Thanks for sharing though. It is pathetic that women folk have to go through miserable things, such as virginity tests to prove their chastity. Has anyone ever thought of having such infringing assessment for the men folk? I doubt it!

Thanks Garry for you comment and concern. I appreciate it.

With Best,

Barkha Dhar

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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Cher,

Thanks for your encouragement and virtual applaud. Your words indeed are an honor for me though I am just a very small part of those who are the champions fighting such causes. And yes, what is more disheartening is the fact that assault against women leaves them with a nightmare for their life. Very sad!

With my Best to you,

Barkha Dhar

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By Caballero_69 on June 25, 2011 at 05:12 pm

Barkha,

"Some of the countries that rank the highest in this predicament are Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. The brutality against women in these countries includes illiteracy and economic discrimination, forced marriages including child marriages, sexual violence and female genital mutilation, honor killings, domestic servitude besides human trafficking."

What incenses me is that this situation is not front and center at the United Nations and that demonstrations are not happening 24-7-365 some place on the planet in protest of this.

What is wrong with half of humankind that they either participate in these things or are indifferent to them? What is wrong with half of the other half of humankind that they let the aforementioned first half do or feel what they do regarding this?

We need to keep this on the front burner and the front page. Enough is way, way too much!

Larry

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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 05:50 pm

Garry,

Honor killings are a tradition that mostly happens in developing nations where fundamentalist view quells the ideals of equality and democracy. But I didn’t know that a western nation like UK would allow such thing to happen. Sad yet true that when people settle in different parts of the world, their traditions follow them. Even though they may have been professionally educated still it means nothing. Thanks for sharing the article.

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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 05:58 pm

Melody,

Thanks for sharing the article. Yes, honor killing is an infernal cruelty against mankind. It is hard to understand how someone’s own family (father or husband) would stone them to death for their pride. What a price! Last year, I saw ‘Stoning of Soraya,’ which is a movie dedicated to such cause. Despite increasing awareness against it, people still are confined to old and pitiless systems.

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By Barkha Dhar on June 25, 2011 at 06:03 pm

Larry,

Thanks for the comment. I understand that Human Rights organizations are continually on the watch for such crime. And yes as you rightly mentioned we need more people to unite and advocate for such causes that may seem insignificant, but are sheer violation of human rights. Last year I created a video on this issue. Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3SQU41egQE

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By Anastasia on June 26, 2011 at 08:04 pm

The BBC broadcast a documentary a few years ago about bride burning in Pakistan.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/431607.stm

The whole thing is just so distressing. Thank you for raising these issues.

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By Barkha Dhar on June 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Yes, Anastasia sure it is. Thanks for your comment.

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