MANSEHRA: Over 95 percent of girls and women who have been exposed to violence, sexual assault, and early and forced marriages suffer from multiple behavioral disorders, a report said.
The report was released by Victim Assistance Services, a voluntary organization established by the Police Department to provide psychotherapy to such women across the Hazara Division.
According to the head of the Mansehra VSS unit, Dr. Lubna Safeer, the organization works to improve the mental health of women who are victims of violence, sexual assault and early and forced marriages.
She told reporters that 95 percent of them complained of multiple mental disorders after over 300 such women received psychotherapy.
Report by a voluntary organization on such women
Dr. Lubna said the VSS had held regular meetings with such women in prisons, Darual Aman and in homes in the area and found that they suffered from insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, tension, aggression, low self-esteem, headache, negative thoughts, irritability, suicidal tendencies , Anxiety and depression.
She said that of these women, 50 percent had been subjected to sexual assault, 19 percent to domestic violence, 10 percent to physical abuse, and 21 percent to attempted rape and sexual assault.
Dr. Lubna said only nine out of 35 counties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had Darual Aman for women victims of violence.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Communist Party Commission on the Status of Women, Riffat Sardar, said the overall government of the government was against the issue of women’s rights.
She said the male-dominated bureaucracy and provincial assembly feel so insecure that they fail to discuss and legislate on empowering women and ending violence against them.
She said, on the recommendation of the commission, the government had agreed to establish Darual Aman in all 35 districts and to hire a psychologist.
The ombudsperson of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection against Harassment of Women in the Workplace, Rukhshanda Naz, complained that stereotyping is a major hurdle in solving women’s problems.
She said even though the government introduced the 2010 Workplace Sexual Harassment Act, 2021 Domestic Violence Act, 2013 Ghag Act, 1929 Child Marriage Curb Act, and 2019 Women’s Property Enforcement Act, KP Act, incidents of sexual and physical violence against women and children increased.
Posted in Dawn, January 9, 2022