Another major hurdle in the way of the progress of Pakistani women has been, ad still is to this day, te strong feudal system. Wmen are still seen as objects of use, o rather misuse in feudally administered areas. Satistics show that violence against women is the greatest in these areas. Tis first decade of the 21st century saw the condition of women in Pakistan improve significantly, wth inductions of ladies being carried out in all three armed forces in operational capacity. Te proportion of women in the seen sizeable increase compared to the yesteryears.
Wmen have access to equal education and are being inducted in all fields on equal pays. Bt the patriarchal mindset has not subsided, ad women face discrimination and gender based prejudice and harassment in the workplaces. Te constitution of Pakistan is mostly based on the principles of Islam. I its true essence, Ilam is a very moderate religion that gave women the right to suffrage and inheritance when the west was still in the dark ages. Te much debated ‘Hadood Ordinance’ is of the law that deals largely with the punishments regarding limitations imposed on men and women individually and together.
Sme of the clauses are a distortion of the true limitations present in the Holy book of the Muslims; te Quran. Te requirement of four witnesses to prove a woman’s claim that she had been sexually molested raised a storm of protest and criticism by the more sane minded people of the civil society (Khan 34). Te law said that a woman could be held guilty of adultery herself she to produce 4 male witnesses.
Tis law was amended under the women protection bill of 2006 under the orders of Pervez Musharraf (Prisoners". Te women protection bill came under a lot of scrutiny from the radical religious factions who charged Musharraf with meddling with the God’s limitations. Tis has discouraged most women from going to the law for help in such cases. Te witness of two women is held equal to that of one man. I the more backward rural areas, wmen have no excess to justice legal problems solved by the feudal lord or the big landlords of the area.
Te custom of using women as rebate is still prevalent there, fr example the punishment of a theft can be to give a woman of the house of the thief to the claimant. Tere has been lot of progress in voicing these. ..
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