These Women In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Came Out Into the Streets To Protest Violence Against Women

By Momina Mindeel | 22 Jun, 2017

Women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are in the news and not always for the most comfortable lifestyle that they’re enjoying. Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been under controversy regarding women rights and the lack of them for that matter. It’s reported that just in 2015, “Peshawar district had the highest number of cases of violence against women, around 104 cases reported in only 270 days that year.” The number was much higher as compared to the preceding year – 2014.

We’re halfway into 2017 now and the PTI government in the province is still struggling to enact laws or putting systems in place to stop the violence against women.

 

More than 20 cases of honor killings have already been reported since the start of the year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

On Tuesday, however, the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa came out of their houses to demand for a law to be enacted against domestic abuse and the terrible treatment of women in the province, and the country, overall.

Today women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa despite of the scorching heat and ramzan came out in front of Press Club to demand for…

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These women had came out in support of their fellow women who have either been a victim of domestic abuse or honor killings.

It was overwhelming to see the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finally taking charge and standing up for what’s rightfully theirs

Source: Gulalai Ismail/Facebook

Earlier in February this year, a 27 years old woman – Hina Shahnawaz – from Kohat was murdered in cold blood by her own paternal brother because allegedly he could not digest the idea of Hina being a strong, independent woman who took care of her ailing father and her family solely.

There is another version of the story that circulated around the country after her murder. According to this version, Hina was murdered because she did not accept her cousin’s proposal.

Regardless of which version is true, the fact that Hina was killed by her own family members for not conforming to the standards of the society is a living testimony to the fact that KPK is in dire need of laws against domestic violence.

Hina Shahnawaz, a young woman of 27, from Kohaat an m.phil degree holder, the only bread winner of her family was shot…

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According to Gulalai Ismail, a social activist from Peshawar, these women came out to raise their voice against the injustices women like Hina Shanawaz have to endure 

Source: Gulalai Ismail/Facebook

 

It is the duty of the state bodies to ensure protection of life and liberty of all members of the society. That much is literally mentioned in the Constitution. Not ensuring protection of women, minorities and other communities in the country who suffer from marginalization and violence means that the Government is in gross violation of the Constitution.

 


Cover Image Via: Gulalai Ismail/Facebook 

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