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Pakistan these days is surrounded by different issues and problems that have to be looked upon. Marital rape is also one of the problems persists in our society but due to some conventional doctrines, people still feel shy and hesitant in discussing such topics as they are considered a taboo.
It’s high time when not only men but women should also get a chance to raise their voice against anything wrong that happens to them.
I, being a girl do not feel any barrier in raising my voice on such situations. Marital Rape is not only the problem of Pakistan, instead, it is a worldwide issue. In order to spread awareness, these disputes must be talked upon.
There is an example of the Hollywood movie “PROVOKED”, a biopic on “Kiranjit Ahluwalia” who killed her husband by setting him on fire after suffering mental and sexual abuse for ten years. She was sentenced to the lifetime imprisonment without looking at the cause of killing. Later, her case was relooked and after finding the details, she was set free.
The question that comes to my mind is if Kiranjit Ahluwalia can share her story; why can’t we raise our voice? She did not become a victim, in fact, she chose to be a survivor. So, why can’t we?
Marital Rape is not even considered a rape because for such cases the question is raised that you are under the “NIKKAH” of a man so how can you consider him a rapist?
It seems like Nikkah papers are the legal documents for men to misuse the relation of marriage. They actually fail to understand that it is a sacred relationship and keeping it sacred is the beauty of this relation.
Marital rape cannot be restricted to any particular age; girls and women of all ages are the victims. Few stone age thoughts are still being followed and girls are considered a burden on their parents. One example is found in a Pakistani serial “REHAI” in which Nauman Ijaz marries for the second time to a young girl.
In this serial, the mother of Nauman Ijaz that is played by Samina Peerzada, tried to save the girl from marital abuse as she was too young, but as he somehow managed to force himself onto her. She was too young at that time to raise her voice. In this way, a man ruined the childhood of an innocence girl.
Although this is just an example taken from a drama but these are the common issues of today. The real reason of picturizing such a drama is to bring awareness among people and social media is the best platform for this purpose.
Now many NGO’s are working to hear the problems of women and fulfilling their needs in order to avoid their visits to the court over and over again. They can raise their voice through any such platform that is willing to help them.
In today’s age and time, everything is under the reach of people. It is high time that people take benefit of the provided facilities and diss all the orthodox thoughts instead of missing the opportunities to live their lives peacefully.