Cowards perpetrate violence against women and children

Speak your mind by Dr Guru Kistnasamy

A UN report in 2006 declared that Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime with the abuser usually someone known to her.

Historically, violence such as marital rape was condoned by religions and institutions such as the courts and governments. These bodies were all headed by prejudiced men. Because of their unequal status to men, women were subjugated into subordinate positions.

Women and girls are subjected to various forms of violence as follows:

(Ref. Wikipedia)

  • Rape is usually perpetrated by men against women, girls and boys. The crime is often committed by someone they know.
  • Domestic violence is often carried out by an intimate partner. Women are more likely to be murdered than men.
  • Honour killing occurs in certain countries. Women and girls are killed by uncles, fathers, husbands or brothers, because of perceived dishonour to the family. Dishonour may include refusing to accept an arranged marriage, attempting to leave a marriage, being the victim of rape or dressing inappropriately.
  • Dowry violence arises when the husband or his family are dissatisfied with the dowry provided by her family. Violence and death can occur.
  • Acid throwing is usually directed at the face of a woman by a man because of jealousy or revenge. She may have spurned his sexual advances or rejected his marriage proposal.
  • Forced marriages are common in South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Family disputes can also be settled by giving a female from one family to the other.
  • Sexual harassment may occur in the work/study place. It is often committed by people in positions of authority over the victim. This form can include intimidation, bullying, or coercion of a sexual nature.
  • Human trafficking and prostitution is the acquisition of persons by improper means for the purpose of exploitation.
  • Female genital mutilation refers to the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia that is linked to customs and culture. This is practised by some people in countries like Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt, Mali, Ethiopia, Mauritania, and Liberia.

Any form of violence against women and children should be strongly condemned. Governments must adopt laws that criminalise such practices.


Dr Guru Kistnasamy

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