Folks, when all and sundry has been worrying about pandemic , also government set safety measurements to extricate entire country from covid-19 , here another threat has waiting to rise up with the announcement of Lockdown. There had a risk of increase in domestic abuse when women and children had to stick at home with abusive partners and family members respectively for a long time period.
According to bureau of statistics, almost two in five women in Pakistan face domestic abuse and violence from their family. Unfiled statistics is much higher. The silent majority of women respond it with fortitude instead of deter the violence. Abuser lets them have it for no reason.
Abuser can be violent
All abusive ways are worth attention. Not only people in family but also outside the house, vicious minds are abusive. They make others fragile so vulnerable don’t get courage to strive against abusers.
Therefore, Ministry of Human Rights took initiative to deploy crucial measurements to rescue vulnerable women and children. It has launched helpline service for women and children vulnerable to domestic abuse and violence. Vulnerable can register complaint on toll free helpline number 1099 against civil, domestic and public abuse. They can also seek advice related to domestic violence and abuse. One can also take help through call\text on exclusive WhtsApp number 0333-9085709.
Within one week of establishment of helpline service, Ministry of Human Rights received 162 calls. This service may rescue precious life of vulnerable trapped in houses due to lockdown.
Government should need to launch some more fool proof programs. Here is an informal idea about the strategy government should consider it in future
- Government should layout awareness programs against domestic abuse and violence.
- There is a need of counseling programs which invigorate vulnerable to get rid of the trauma they go through by being abused.
- Government should take advantage from media to promulgate campaign which draw attention, that life of every single person in precious irrespective of gender, age and power