Lahore: Newly-wed bride tortured by in-laws & killed the very next day

Violence against women is something quite common in Pakistan. It’s definitely “heard-of” before and the more tragic the ending of the story, the more it peaks our interest. But it’s all seen and done before. It’s just one more rape or one more murder or one more torture/abuse news- nothing new.
We’ll find out about all the gory details and move on with our lives yet again.

Another day, another story.

What will it take for all of us to care? To actually devise something concrete to help protect more people from getting the same fate as all of these victims? How long before we let more innocent people fall prey to such atrocious barbaric acts?

Marriage is supposed to be a brand new and beautiful chapter in a persons life. Filled with love, excitement & hope for the future – but unfortunately for Sawera things didn’t go as planned. Just one day into her marriage she was abused and tortured by her in-laws, so much so she had to be taken to the hospital fighting for her life.

The doctors however refused to attend to her after they saw the bruises and marks on her body claiming it to be a ‘police-case’ they could not intervene in.

According to the first information report (FIR) lodged by the victims brother, Suleman Khan, Sawera was subjected to extreme abuse and torture at the hands of her husband and her in-laws.

Sawera had been married to Asif Jan (The accused) on the 28th of December 2019. When her brother & family went to visit her the very next day they found her in-laws taking her to a near-by hospital in an ambulance.

The doctors informed her family that she had already passed away. Feeling utterly helpless, they rushed her to a government hospital where medics unfortunately confirmed the devastating news.

Is this why parents marry off their precious daughters? To be tortured and abused by a new family who initially swore to keep her as their own?

Pakistan is the sixth most dangerous country in the world for women.

Read that again. Yes, the 6th most dangerous country in the whole WORLD with a rapid rise in sexual AND domestic crimes.

According to White Ribbon Pakistan (an NGO working for women’s rights) 4,734 women faced sexual violence between 2004 and 2016. There were more than 1,800 cases of domestic violence and more than 5,500 kidnappings in the said period. While over 15,000 cases of honor crimes were reported.

“This is a systemic problem.” – Mukhtaran Mai

Renowned women’s rights activist, Mukhtaran Mai- who herself is a victim of abuse & rape- claimed the problem to a systemic one.

Women police stations and other facilities are set up in cities while the majority of the violence cases take place in villages,” Mai said. “In rural areas, feudal landlords call the shots; the administration and police are subservient to these feudal chieftains who view women as commodities. So how can justice be delivered in such cases?”

Will there ever be a time when Pakistan will be safe for us women?

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