Another day another woman! No wonder this society has become more dangerous a place for women than the ghost-ridden cellar. The shocking incident in which hundreds of people who supposedly gathered to celebrate Independence Day at Azadi Chowk near Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore reportedly molested a girl publicly.
Police got involved only after the videos of her harassment and molestation went viral on social media and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar were urged to take subsequent action against the molesters.
Deemed as a commodity and a tool in the society, maliciously pictured with good homemaking schema; these sort of menial thinking have brought a misappropriate collective consciousness among males in Pakistan. The same exasperated ideology triggered the subjective will of the males into a violent reaction against the innocent women at Minar-e-Pakistan.
Our organic solidarity (Women should be treated separately) towards women in Pakistan never came true even though we have laws and governance. We need to remember that we are still having mechanical solidarity (Women and men can work together with perfect harmony) for women only. We consider them as inferior being due to our poor acculturation with the rest of the world.
In mechanical solidarity, the tolerance for making mistakes is unforgivable. We evaluate, we implement and we expect and we react. A naive reader can understand when a red cloth is shown to a bull, it will just jump on you and destroy you. That’s role the males plays apparently hiding their own bull behind human gesture and plain clothes.
This, certainly, shows the faultlines in education system that don’t prepare people to challenge the patriarchy or else old and weird customs that subjugate womankind in various aspects. Failure lies on the part of education system also because it is failing to teach the boys even the most fundamental guiding principles.
More so upbringing matters a lot. We don’t dare to teach young minds the importance of gender equality rather we spend a lot more energy and efforts to teach them how to behave a certain way.
The prevailing sense of lawlessness that grants more freedom and agility to the abettors to disregard the woman and that too repeatedly is yet another factor that adds up to humilation and insult.
Conclusively, a quote by Bacha Khan rightly summed up a scale to measure the level of consciousness of a society. He said that if you wish to know how civilized a culture is, look at how they treat its women.
Pakistan is odiously failing to protect its own social values and cultural norms. The ordeal of a girl at the hands of a violent mob of 400 beasts on the 14th of August is the perfect example of a bloody inhuman gesture of us as a society.
The sorry state of inaction after such incidents disclose the death of our collective conscious. These are the things that trigger anyone to lose confidence in the system and decends a society towards social unrest.
On a positive note by correcting perception, and maintaining moral values, we can be the best nation – a nation whose vision was seen by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He once said: “No nation can rise to the heights of glory unless your women are side by side with you.