Regrettably, violence in its various forms, such as physical, sexual or emotional, is bursting in our society nowadays. It is present almost everywhere – be it homes, offices, schools, colleges, universities, public places or the streets – and nowhere is this eruption more intense than right behind the doors of our homes. Behind closed doors of one’s home, people are being tortured, beaten and killed. It is happening both in the urban and rural areas. It is present all social classes, genders, racial lines and age groups.
Since times immemorial, domestic violence has been an intrinsic part of the society. The contributing factors could be the desire to gain control over another family member, the desire to exploit someone for personal benefits, the flare to be in a commanding position all the time, showcasing one’s supremacy, so on and so forth. On various occasions, psychological problems and social influence also add to the vehemence as domestic violence dominates the headlines of different dailies.
However, the need of the hour is to address the causes behind violence, particularly domestic violence prevalent in the Pakistani society. People, especially the so-called educated ones, may be re-educated and sensitised about the human dignity so as to make this society violence-free.