Picture of the Day: Silent Against Domestic Violence

Posted on April 21, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Photo of the Day, Society, Women
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Adil Najam

Sometimes one is left completely speechless. And I was upon seeing this picture in the Daily Times (21 April) of a man beating his wife as their son looks on.


But the real story here is about a society that chooses to loose its speech and prefers to remain silent in the face of a wide scale menace of acute domestic violence and spousal (and familial) abuse of women.

This is not something that is restricted only to the poorest classes. Although it is often hidden behind ‘sufaid poshi’ such violence against women is more common in our society than most of us would care to accept. Remember, for example, the case of former Pakistan cricket captain Moin Khan who was taken in custody after beating his wife while drunk.

I wonder what the child in this photograph will grow up thinking. I wonder how many children have grown up witnessing such scenes. I wonder what such emotional scars have done to them.

It is indeed true that such incidents of violence happen all over the world. There is no evidence at all that they happen more in Pakistan than elsewhere. In terms of reported cases they may be even less. But that is not the point. This is not a competition.

Saying that it happens everywhere or that it happens even more in other places is neither an excuse nor a consolation. One case would, in my opinion, be one too many. And there are clearly much more than one. As Pakistanis – no, as human beings – we must speak against such violence everywhere; but, first within our own society.

85 responses to “Picture of the Day: Silent Against Domestic Violence”

  1. Khawaja Habib says:

    If we just reflected on this picture rather than waste time commenting and picking fights we might learn something. Thoughtprovoking picture.

  2. Afshaan says:

    The solution is education

    For the unparh and for the parha likha unparh also

  3. Bilal Zuberi says:

    No matter what the topic of discussion might be, please refrain from using such bad language. It is not just in appropriate and rude, but totally against the policies of ATP as well.

  4. Akbar A.H. says:

    I have a dream…

    One day there will be an ATP post on a serious topic like this and it will NOT become a shouting match…. Hum daikhain gay!

  5. tina says:

    I didn’t write this but it fits:

    From the perspective of those who are entitled, the problems begin when those they despise do not go along withâ€

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