Another day, another tragedy – the fight of Pakistani women continue. While the women take the leadership stage across the world, women of my country struggle for their basic rights – the right to live, the right to dress, the right to breathe, the right to choose and even..even the right to study.
As bizarre as it sounds, Swat’s innocent and helpless Sana’s right to life was snatched from her because she wanted to study. According to media reports, Sana Gul was forcefully married off three months back against her will. However, in the meanwhile, her first-year exam result was announced, in which she scored A+ grade. Her result reignited the fire for education in her heart, but rather than that, she was rewarded with death.
Her husband did not approve of her education and hence killed her. The social media reports indicate that the culprit is now trying to flee the country. A capable woman was silenced forever because she wanted to make her own choices. In fact, wanted access to the very basic fundamental human right.
” A brilliant Pakistani schoolgirl ruthlessly murdered because she was married off early to a husband who didn’t want her to continue her education. Yet our countrymen will still tell you this society has no need for feminism,” says Awami Workers Party’s Ammar Rashid, while he demands justice for the victim.
The social media community is enraged over Sana’s brutal murder, questioning that for how long will the men of our society determine our fate and influence our choices.
We are terrible society. Women are treated unequal in every corner of the world. Basically Education gives her confidence to fight for the right. People who exercise their power on the weak are insecure and fragile.. #JusticeForSanaSwat— 🦋 ‘ن’ خ (@nailatanveer) September 15, 2019
#JusticeForSanaSwat She was a student of 12th class & had secured quite good marks. She got married & wanted to study further. Her husband Anas citizen of France didn’t want her to study more shot her dead & ran away. His ticket is confirmed on Sunday. Stop him not to run away. pic.twitter.com/FPh0Rt2nwx— Yasin Badshah (@SYBadshaH) September 15, 2019
It should be accurate and complete And if all of this is true put the killer’s name on the Exit Control List so he doesn’t escape the country Let the government legislate on it because this is not the first time The parents of the girl should get justice.#JusticeForSanaSwat https://t.co/XNSysL0Fux— Shabana Ahmed (@its_shabana) September 15, 2019
If ever we needed a measure for how regressive our society is, this is it. For so many men in this country the idea of an educated woman still evokes such terrifying insecurity that they will go to any end to prevent it from happening. #JusticeForSanaSwat pic.twitter.com/WYeuylMwHJ— Shahab Qutub (@ShahabQutub) September 14, 2019
How many more Sanas?
Every single day, the sun in Pakistan rises with echoes of daughters, wives and sisters. Strangling to death, forced to drink acid for dowry, burned alive for marrying the man of her choice or brutally killed for wanting to study – the ordeal of Pakistani women goes on.
According to statistics by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 1,276 murders in the name of honor were reported in the span of two years only (stats: Feb, 2014). However, only 400 among these were registered as ‘crimes’ by the police.
Vice chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Asad Butt confirms that 1500 honor killings were reported between 2016 and 2018. However, it must be kept in mind that the number of cases ‘reported’ is significantly’ lesser than the actual number.
It is nearly impossible to make an impact in the absence of proper legislation and inertness of government stakeholders. However, we shall together raise voice for each other and speak for those who are yet to find their strength.
Forever in thoughts Sana, till the fight goes on!