What led to the woman becoming a criminal?

Women play diverse roles in society—as mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives—often serving as pillars of strength and reliability in various relationships. However, for individuals devoid of values, these relationships may hold little significance beyond mere labels.

Violence against women, especially within intimate settings, remains a significant issue and a blatant violation of women’s human rights. In Pakistan, women endure violence primarily within the realms of marriage, the workplace, sexual harassment, domestic abuse, and honor killings.

In 2024, Punjab alone recorded approximately 12,000 cases of violence against women, with many more going unreported. Domestic violence encompasses not only physical harm but also actions that undermine a woman’s dignity and self-respect.

Harassment and violence against women are pervasive issues, recurring throughout history and across societies. Women often find themselves targeted and blamed unjustly, regardless of their innocence. The prevalence of such mistreatment leaves women feeling unsafe in various regions of Pakistan, subjecting them to mental stress and familial abuse.

In one recent incident, a veiled woman expressed her desire for a marriage of her choice, facing severe repercussions for her autonomy. Despite her bravery in seeking legal recourse, the question remains whether the court can ensure her protection, as previous failures have left many couples vulnerable and unprotected.

Honor killings, unfortunately, persist in Pakistan, with perpetrators often escaping punishment. Despite existing laws aimed at preventing such atrocities, women continue to face oppression and violence across generations. Dowry deaths, categorized as a form of domestic violence, further illustrate the systemic injustices faced by women.

Women are disproportionately burdened with societal expectations and blamed for their own victimization. Whether at home or in the workplace, they endure harassment and abuse, often met with victim-blaming attitudes and restrictive societal norms.

The prevalence of acid attacks, a particularly gruesome form of violence, further underscores the challenges women face in Pakistan. Poverty exacerbates these issues, perpetuating ignorance and enabling domestic violence to thrive. Lack of education and awareness about women’s rights, compounded by mental health illiteracy, further marginalize women and hinder their access to support and resources.

Tragically, women themselves sometimes perpetuate patriarchal norms and domestic abuse, perpetuating cycles of mistreatment and oppression. In particular, conflicts between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law can lead to abuse, highlighting the complexities of gender dynamics within households and the internalization of societal expectations.

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