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Women Have No Rights in Pakistan
Women in Pakistan
On 25thMarch 2012, a 33 year old Pakistani woman Fakhra Younnus committed suicide in Rome by jumping from her apartment. Fakhra died but her tale points to an extremely insecure existence for women in Pakistan.
Twelve years back Fakhra’s ex husband Bilal Khar poured acid over her body. He did this dastardly act and and watched as Fakhira writhed in agony. Bilal Khar belongs to the elite and powerful group in Pakistan, that wields tremendous power. His father Ghulam Mustapha Khar was governor of Punjab
Bilal Khar had met Fakhra who was a dancer in the red light district of Karachi. He was in his mid thirties and thrice married. She was a young teenager and it was an unlikely romance. They were married for 3 years when Fakhra left him because of physical abuse by her husband. The marriage soured and Khar took his revenge by pouring acid over Fakhra in May 2000.
Charges were framed against Bilal Khar, but he was acquitted of all charges. It was rumored that his political connections helped him.
Fakhra was taken in by the Italian government and taken to Rome for treatment as a humanitarian gesture, but 12 operations down the line with no hope of recovery disheartened Fakhra and she committed suicide. Fakhra’s is not the sole acid throwing case in Pakistan. The Aurat Foundation a women’s rights organization in Pakistan has come out with figures that are startling to say the least. As per this foundation in 2011 there were 8500 acid attacks on women in Pakistan. These figures are on the lower side and the actual count may be higher as many cases are not reported.
Acid throwing cases are a sad commentary on women's status and rights in Pakistan and point to gender inequality that the UNO and other organizations must take note off.