While statements like ‘Khana Khud Garam Krlo‘ are brushed aside as a joke, it’s a cruel reality that in Pakistan, violence against women is also perpetuated over such ‘menial things’. In a similar case in Kasur, a man killed his sisters for not serving him lunch.
In the Sheikhum village, a man shot dead two of his sisters for not serving him a meal. The double homicide took place within the limits of Sara-i-Mughal police station. The victims and the suspect’s father lodged an FIR of the incident.
After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene. Police claimed to have arrested the suspect and lodged a double murder case against him.
According to the complainant Rafiq Masih, his son Ashar Masih engaged in a verbal spat with his sisters Maryam Bibi and Astar Bibi for not serving him with lunch. Later, Ashar allegedly opened fire at Maryam and Astar.
Maryam died on the spot from the bullet wounds, while Astar was rushed to Pattoki THQ Hospital. She too died from her injuries a few hours later.
The crime is being further investigated.
[pullquote]Not the First Case of Violence Against Women[/pullquote]
When women’s rights activists raise slogans like ‘khana khud garam krlo‘ and ‘chai khud bana lo‘, they are ridiculed. Its a sad state of affairs that violence against women over such ‘menial things’ is indeed a reality.
People conveniently overlook how access to economic opportunities and legal facilities that women in urban areas have, don’t extend countrywide.
Women in rural areas with less awareness of legal channels also have limited access to such options.
A few months prior a man Dameera cut off his wife Parveen’s nose for not making him tea. The incident took place in the village of Saddar in Mian Chunnu village, 97/15 L. Dameera was aided by his brother Ameera and cousin Mushtaq.
Parveen is a domestic worker and the breadwinner for the family, but her husband couldn’t make his own tea. There is no follow-up on the conviction of Dameera. The man was known to often assault and beat his wife.
Yet the violence was allowed to escalate to this level despite police getting involved.