Sexual abuse in Pakistan
by, 14-Jul-2011 at 08:07 PM (5325 Views)
A friend recently commented:"I was shocked to learn from a VOA Radio Broadcast
that in Pakistan ( according to a poll ) every fourth
child is likely to suffer rape or sodomy. Where are
we heading. Ai Khuda Batha, Batha !!!!!"
Well this is a very unfortunate situation but is it unexpected? For a number of reasons, not much. With entertainment opportunties shrinking by the day: no play grounds, no theatres, no cinemma houses,no public parks, no opportunities for any other form of socialisation for a majority of the ever-growing population of this poor country, what else should one expect from young people with enormous amounts of energy in their bodies? Combine this with our repressive, exclusivist tendencies and with the increasing number of unemployed and un-educated millions of our youth. Increaingly male members of our society cannot marry before they are into their late 30's, sometimes even 40's and above. All legal ways to satisfy this natural drive called sex are closed. Our clerics and other preachers try their best to frighten people of the various 'azaabs' and the divine wrath if they indulge in 'zina'/adultery etc but to no avail because there are no alternative avenues.
The outcome of this suppression, deprivation and the consequent frustration is a stale society fixated either on renunciation of the world or on going for the gratification of the sexual drive through illegal ways. Sodomy is more prevalent in our society than female rape for it is easier and 'safer' to cope with the consequences if caught in this case. An 'empty mind is the devil's workshop', as they say. Let us take the example of our educational institutions. One can observe that in schools those boys (if girls are reading this, they can come up with their own version of the story. It will be useful to know about that side of the picutre as well) are more prone to sexual tendencies who do not take part in sports, games and other entertainment/co-curricular activities.
Extreme form of gender segregation is also one big source of this suffocation in the society we live in. A false sense of superficial morality is deeply in place. Mere sermons from our clerics and a fear of 'Jahannum'/hell won't do the job, for if that was the case, no child studying in religious madrasas would have been a victim of sexual exploitation but is that so ? We need to give positive, creative direction to the energies at the disposal of our youth.But who are WE?0 Thanks, 0 Likes, 0 Dislikes