Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), a leading women rights organisation, reports the increase in the number of cases of violence against women (VAW).
It is the third so-called “honour killing” case in a month in Pakistan, where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common.
But even before punishment, there is a question of prevention, and we won’t get far in this matter until we understand and address the roots of sextortion in a culture. Because before the crime, there is the culture—particularly online, but offline as well. The sextortionists, at least some of them, clearly identify with that culture. It’s worth asking what that says about the culture itself.
in Greater Jakarta alone, a 2-year-old toddler in Bogor was raped and murdered, while a 12-year-old student from Bekasi was allegedly raped with the culprit still at large. On Friday (13/05), a 12-year-old girl was abandoned at a graveyard in South Jakarta, after allegedly being raped by four men.In Manado, a 19-year-old teenager was allegedly drugged and raped by up to 19 men, while a 16-year-old high schooler in Sumatra was allegedly raped by a van driver.
Simply said, the vast majority of Muslims are frustrated with their lives. They live in countries that are autocratic with little or no freedom, that are unjust and corrupt at the core, economically unsuccessful and where the individual’s relationship to the Almighty has been swept aside by rulers; religion is used as an instrument to control and rule, with rulers and their cronies living in unimaginable luxury while the average person cannot even make ends meet; the average Muslim has limited productive opportunities to make a decent living; and most frustrating of all, there is little hope of a better future.
“The chaste woman is a woman which protects her virginity. She walks close to the wall in the street looking down and not making eye contact with other men. She doesn’t raise her voice because men should not hear her voice. She doesn’t wear something attractive to seduce men. She doesn’t wear perfume because it is forbidden. If a man smells her perfume it is as if she committed adultery with him. A woman’s place is at home to take care of the family and make her husband happy.”
$61.6m will go directly into upstream prevention measures, including rolling out respectful relationships education in every government school in Victoria from prep to year 12, introducing Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy, and helping local communities play their part in preventing violence