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Women Have No Rights in Pakistan

Updated on December 23, 2017

Women in Pakistan

On 25th March 2012, a 33-year-old Pakistani woman Fakhra Younus 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 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

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.

Fakhira

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.

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    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Au fait. Its terrible and I can understand your resentment

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      I have read that this is a very common practice not only in Pakistan, but Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. I read of a case lately about a 19 year old young woman whose husband beat her continually and so she ran away and the police caught her and gave her back to her abusive husband! Who then threw acid on her!!

      You don't want to know what I think about this situation and what my solution for these men would be . . .

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      Byron Wolf 

      6 years ago

      Horribly sad. I can't imagine the devastation Fahkra felt. But awareness can only help. Thanks for bringing more attention to this awful practice.

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Acid attacks happen in the US too! When I was in college, a series of acid attacks on women occurred on campus. It was very frightening and strange.

      Enjoyed your article. I'd read about Fahkra's suicide online but did not know the details.

    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Phoenix. Women really have it bad

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      The poor girl. It may come as a surprise to some but these attacks are not exclusive to Pakistan. Here in the UK there are cases of women being scarred in this manner. Very few of these women come forward and those that do are usually remain in hiding out of fear of reprisals against them or there families.

      These kinds of incidents brings shame upon a religion that preaches peace and tolerance and must be brought out into the light of day and openly condemned.

      Thank you MG Singh for doing just that.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you for your comment Deborah

    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Dear Girl, the genesis of this problem is the domination of the hard line clerics in Islam . Pakistan is the leader in acid attacks

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      This is a sad, horrible story. It is good of you to raise awareness that things like this are happening.

    • SoSyrious profile image

      SoSyrious 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is very sad! Why are they doing this? Is it exclusive to Pakistan? If so, what is the reason?? Very strange to me...why acid is such a commonly used substance.

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