Lahore, Dec 11: A recent survey on violence against women in Pakistan has found that 71 per cent males consider slapping and beating women as justifiable.
According to the survey, 80 per cent of women are victims of domestic violence in society.
Addressing a seminar on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day at the Punjab Law College (PLC) here, participants said that sustained and collective efforts were needed to end domestic violence in Pakistan.
“Islam and the country’s legislation give equal rights to women. The only need is to implement Islamic rules and legislation, and create awareness in the society about women’s rights.”
Presentations were given on women rights in Islam, the Women Protection Bill and sexual harassment scenario in the country.
Government College University Clinical Psychology Department director Dr Zahid Mehmood was the chief guest.
WRCP Country Director Omer Aftab and Punjab Law College principal Dr Hadia Awan were among the speakers, the Daily Times said.
Dr Mehmood highlighted the psychological aspects of violence against women, and said it was a global problem, but of a different magnitude in Pakistan.
He claimed that the ratio of violence against women was comparatively higher in Pakistan.
Aftab said that women’s rights was declared as a human right in 1993 at the Vienna Conference on Human Rights.
The mindset of the male member of the society should be changed, he added.
* That, however, is impossible because of the ‘immutable’ Koran:
Koran 4:34 tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds. This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, waidriboohunna:
Pickthall: “and scourge them”
Yusuf Ali: “(And last) beat them (lightly)”
Al-Hilali/Khan: “(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)”
Shakir: “and beat them”
Sher Ali: “and chastise them”
Khalifa: “then you may (as a last alternative) beat them”
Arberry: “and beat them”
Rodwell: “and scourge them”
Sale: “and chastise them”
Asad: “then beat them”
* Muslims, when confronted with the text, lie and deny and attack the messenger for “incorrect & offensive hate speech.” Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, Al-Hilali/Khan, Shakir, Sher Ali, Khalifa and Asad are Muslims. Are their translations all “incorrect and offensive?”
* Here you can get it from a respected Muhammedan cleric:
Pope on global warming: Don’t get hysterical
* What he really should have said is that ‘carbon-trading’ is the biggest fraud in human history, since the whole concept is based on the biggest transfer of wealth from developed nations to 3rd world crap holes who destroy their environment and hold us to ransom over it. Making the strong weak doesn’t make the weak strong, it just destroys reason and sanity, and our own civilization…
Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.
The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement…
“It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances.
Byzantine 2006 – Putting Quotes Back In ContextÂ
A group of Muslim scholars demonstrate passages in the Koran showing that the “Byzantine entity” has no right to exist.Â