05 Nov 2017/Sunday
Villagers in a remote area of north-west Pakistan are in shock after armed men forced a 16-year-old girl to walk half-naked through the village, claiming it was to redeem their family honour.
Local residents say the woman was targeted because of her brother’s long-forgotten secret affair with a woman from the assailants’ family.
The incident, which came to light on Thursday when the media got wind of it, took place last week near the remote town of Chaudhwan, some 80km (50 miles) west of Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Witnesses say the girl was attacked in broad daylight when she went to fetch water from a pond.
Usually the plight of Pakistani women is associated with religious oppression, but the reality is far more complicated. According to a poll by Thomson Reuters Foundation Poll Pakistan is the second most dangerous country for women in the world. It cited more than 2000 women and girls murdered in honor killings every year and 90% of Pakistani women suffer from domestic violence.
There are enough barbaric stories of Pakistani women suffering at the hands of their own in the electronic and print media, which clearly reflects that the atrocities plaguing Pakistani women are far too many and nothing is done to protect their honor and safety. Pakistani women are not safe in their own homeland which is rather alarming.