Pakistan: Growing Harassment Cases Against Women Becoming Concerning
Not only has there been an increase in incidents against women in Pakistan, but also around the world. It is highly unfortunate and indeed a sad state of affairs that women are openly abused and violated.
Moreover, it has become extremely difficult for girls to leave their homes in order to enjoy simple everyday activities such as taking a walk in the park, cycling, swimming, or even watching their favourite team and players in a stadium.
Not only are women often victims of cat-calling but are also subjected to physical molestation and abuse. One such recent event was Karachi Eat 2023 where women who came out to enjoy the concert and food were harassed by unknown men.
Such incidents make it difficult for women to step out of their homes and comfort zone overall. With PSL 8 in process, there are countless women who think twice before purchasing tickets as they are in fear of being victims of harassment.
Debate: Are Pink Enclosures Enough to Protect the Women in Pakistan?
While Pakistan and even other countries have introduced many women-only services such as the Pink Bus, Pink Taxi, and other services – the question here arises are pink enclosures also a need?
However, while some are all-in for this idea, others are raising objections on the fact that why should there be a separate enclosure for women when they can enjoy the game in any enclosure and instead of women taking precautions and living in fear, why can’t the men change their predatory nature for once? Opponents of women-only enclosures argue that they are discriminatory and reinforce gender segregation.
But, at the same time, there are some countries where there are cultural or religious barriers that make it difficult for women to attend sporting events with men. For example, in some conservative Muslim countries, women are prohibited from attending sporting events with men, women-only enclosures would provide a way for them to enjoy the events without breaking any social or cultural norms.
Conclusion? It’s simple – those who wish to enjoy sports with their family and friends should be able to do so and those who wish to keep their distance due to religious reasons should be able to do so as well. This way, everyone wins! But, in order to do so, the government needs to implement strict laws and regulations that protect women not only in stadiums but in public places and even in their households.
Just raising awareness is not enough, there need to be examples made and men need to know that there will be consequences if they misbehave with a female in any way.
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