Violence against Women in Pakistan: A Case Study of Cholistani Women

By Samehia Aziz and Annie Hughes.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position. In developing countries like Pakistan it is pervasive and cuts across all lines of religion,income, age, class and culture. The lives of millions of women living in such countries are circumscribed by traditions which enforce extreme exclusion and submission to men. The isolation and fear of women living under such threats are compounded by state indifference to and complicity in women’s oppression. Abuses by private actors are crimes under the country’s criminal laws. However, there is a systematic failure by the state to prevent and to punish perpetrators of gender-based violence. This research entitled ‘Violence against women of Pakistan: A case study of Cholistan desert’ has pointed to significant violations of human rights against women in relation to issues of gender violence. Therefore it examines the rates of violence committed against women in the Cholistan Desert, located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The qualitative and quantitative data gathered suggests that the abuse of women in Cholistan society is widespread and persistent. Violence towards women is deep-rooted in the cultural norms and socio-political milieu of this remote rural area, where men are considered as holders of his female family members. In turn, women live in fear and under the pressure of male oppression. They experience many forms of abuse encompassing physical, sexual and psychological violence. Few women escape the perpetual violence.

Keywords: Gender Based Violence, Cholistani Women, Cultural Constraints, Violence Against Women

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.451-466. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.356MB).

Samehia Aziz

Doctoral Student (Kingston University) and Researcher and Lecturer (Islamia University), Criminology Department (Kingston University), Kingston University, London, London, UK

Samehia Aziz has worked in several disciplines pertaining to gender geography, specifically dealing with violence against women in developing societies. Currently she is working and en-rolled as a PH.D student at Kingston University, London, UK. She is also member of many national and international organizations.

Annie Hughes

Principal Lecturer, Kingston University, London, UK

Annie Hughes is working as a principal lecturer and course director at Kingston University, London, UK. Her field of specialization is rural and gender Geography She is also member of many organizations.


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