November 25, 2010
Mr. President! Why are you silent? A female student seeks justice
By Nasira Parveen
TODAY is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Like other parts of the world, Pakistan also celebrates this day but the status of women in our country has not changed since long. Is our democratically elected government really caring for the 51 percent population of this country? When I look at my life, the answer is: No.
If you have read my previous blogs, you may be aware of my dilemma. A group of racist and sectarian bent of mind people tried to kill me at the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit to take revenge on my elder brother. When failed to kill me, they forcefully stopped me from attending classes and kicked me out of the hostel. I along with my family members have come across a series of violent events.
I’ve written to Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan and Chancellor of the KIU, but there is no response for the last eight months. The human rights bodies are criminally silent as well. I had spent over three years in the hostel and was near to complete my four-year BSc (Hons) but the criminals and enemies of education on campus changed my life. Since then I’m struggling hard for my rights in this Islamic Republic.
Sometimes, I feel as if I’ve abruptly become a domestic worker from a university student—but then I see that I’m doing almost equal work at home. My brothers treat me like an equal and help me in the kitchen. One of my friends recently said: “You are very strong, facing such a desperate situation and still fighting hard for your rights. I don't think any woman can do so in our society.”
That’s what I have been taught at home! I can't commit suicide like other victims of violence in Pakistan. I can’t beg the “human rights mafia” either while others seem afraid of the powerful accused. Mr. President! Why are you silent? A student seeks justice.
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