Notwithstanding, according to an investigation, conducted by a leading media channel, only 41% of cases are reported to the police. These are the statistics that have been registered while there are innumerable incidents that are not reported in the villages. Despite the prevailing ‘Purdah’ and the like safety measures taken by the women, they have still fallen to the prey of harassers. Even the children aging five have undergone the savagery of men. It depicts the flawed law and order system as well as social standards of the society, which uphold honor above humanity.
Women now feel more insecure as the men who are living with them protect the rapists by throwing all the blame upon the women. Even the head of the government doesn’t feel any sympathy towards women rather Mr. Imran Khan feels ‘purdah’ something that can protect the life and sanctity of women. Premier’s suggestion, however, doesn’t work for children – as children can’t be covered in Burkas. Recently, Prime Minister referring to the 14 August incident said, “a big reason for the destruction we’re seeing is that our children are not being brought up properly”. While addressing Punjab Education Convention he criticized the English educational system and mobile phones for the rise of such heinous crimes.
A woman who is raped physically by an individual or a gang, in our society, is raped again and over again mentally and morally by the whole nation. Though be they religious and political leaders or a layman. The victim-blaming narrative has exclusively protected the culprits and encouraged the potential harassers to further their vileness as the blame, somehow, will be laid upon the victim.
The incumbent government should take some actions on the grassroots level by urging the clergies to condemn the sexual harassers in strong words without blaming the dresses and motives of the women. Secondly, the religious leaders should also shed light on the religious duties of men and that man is in no case exempted if found guilty of harassing a woman. In any case, he has to control himself as well as his fellow beings from committing sexual crimes as per the injunctions of Islam. Thirdly, on the societal level, the values regarding the honor of women need to be rationalized as rape doesn’t degrade a woman but the man. The government should also understand that it is not only the legislature and executive that can control such crimes but many other things must be employed in eliminating the evil from the society.